The eternal search for Truth...

Back in the ‘80’s there was a TV Programme created by J. Michael Straczynski which attempted to be both SciFi entertainment, and a profound exploration of the deepest questions about politics, religion, and what it means to be Human. That epic was called Babylon 5, and we spent most of Lockdown rewatching it with our millennial housemate - and blowing his mind.

If you’ve not seen it - watch it. Really. Sure, it’s space opera, but the writing and the characterisations and the sweep of science and spirituality is just superb.

As an example, I give you this - from when G’Kar becomes an unwilling spiritual leader:

‘What is truth?’

An acolyte askes G'Kar, "What is truth, and what is God"

G'Kar replies:

"If I take a lamp, and shine it towards the wall, a bright spot will appear on the wall. The lamp is our search for truth, for understanding. Too often we assume that the light on the wall is God. But the light is not the goal of the search. It is the result of the search. 

The more intense the search, the brighter the light on the wall. The brighter the light on the wall, the greater the sense of revalation upon seeing it. Similarly, someone who does not search, who does not bring a lantern with him, sees nothing.

"What we perceive as God, is mearly the by-product of our search for God. It may simply be an appreciation of the light, put and unblemished, not understanding that it comes from us. Sometimes we stand in front of the light and assume we are the centre of the universe - God looks asstonishingly like we do. Or we turn to look at our shadow - and assume that all is darkness. If we allow ourselves to get in the way, we defeat the purpose. Which is to use the light of our search to illuminate the wall in all it's beauty and in all its flaws, and in so doing better understand the world around us"

The acolyte looks confused for a moment, and then asks again: “But what is Truth? What is God?”

G’kar looks pained and frustrated - then sighs and replies:

“Truth is a river, and God is the source” 

And all the gathered acolytes sigh and nod wisely - thinking that now they understand...

BE the light - dedicate yourself to the SEARCH - because in our searching, we illuminate the Universe itself. 


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