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Fear of Nature

In an editorial published in the New York Times, Alan Lightman, professor of Physics at the MIT, talks about Nature. He describes his experience during his trip to some Greek Islands and how he felt lost and scared by Nature. “Our comfort with Nature is an illusion”, he says. He talks about the gods we made refiguring natural elements. He continues by saying “…we have been fooling ourselves. Nature, in fact, is mindless. Nature is neither friend nor foe, neither malevolent nor benevolent. Nature is purposeless. Nature simply is….. We feel such a connection with Nature. But the relation between Nature and us is one-sided. There is no reciprocity. There is no mind on the other side of the wall. The absence of mind, coupled with so much power, is what frightened me on the sailboat in Greece.”

In reality this essay shows the way we think in our materialistic world. We think of man and mankind as separate from nature. We have minds while Nature has no mind. In reality, the One-Life explains that there is one mind, the one infinite mind.

Man creates idols because he cannot stand the idea of infinite. In reality, what Alan Lightman expresses in his article is exactly what MC describes in her Through the Gates of Gold “Men so longingly desire personal power that they are ready to put infinity into a cup, the divine idea into a formula, in order that they may fancy themselves in possession of it. These are those who cannot rise and approach the Gates of Gold, for the great breath of life confuses them. They are struck with horror to find how great it is”. And this horror is well described by Lightman experience “ I first encountered the insensible power of nature during a two-week sailing trip with my wife in the Greek isles. It was just the two of us on a small boat. For the first few days of the voyage, traveling south along the coast from Piraeus to Cape Sounion, we were within sight of land. Then we turned west, towards Hydra. Soon, the land and other boats vanished. All we could see was ocean. At first , I felt elation. Then I felt fear.” Fear of the infinite . We have really forgotten that the infinite can be our only friend.