On a recent trip to Stanford campus I was impressed with this quote inside the school's chapel:
"There is no narrowing so deadly as the narrowing of man’s horizon of spiritual things. No worse evil could befall him in his course on earth than to lose sight of Heaven. And it is not civilization that can prevent this; it is not civilization that can compensate for it. No widening of science, no possession of abstract truth, can indemnify for an enfeebled hold on the highest and central truths of humanity. “What shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
Mark 8:37, Matthew 16:26
Now that I am 30 I am able to say things like:
When I was in my early 20s I was interested in the philosophical find of truth, after all I was an artist.
What I found about art was that it was a highly logical way of making things simple. Creating a foundation of understanding that even the masses could connect and co-exist upon.
It seemed until that point I had a religious context of truth and was excited to fill my mind with philosophers past and present—who would teach me unknown understanding.
Scouring shelves at Barnes and Noble on my weekly Friday-night book binge I came across armfuls of this undertaking.
Understanding the making of humanity in the process of
1. where we came from,
2. why we are here
3. where we are going
This became my search through minds of all ages. Through pages of knowledge I came to find a lack of understanding.
Today this realization still holds true :
“spiritual events can be discerned only by spiritual senses” and “Any attempt to understand without the spirit, regardless of cerebral capacity, college degree, or worldly experience, is simply futile”- Elder Christofferson, quoted in the "Infinite Atonement" p281
The highest form of intellect and art comes from the God who is the creator of it all. I was reminded on our Stanford trip that true greatness and intellect comes from yielding to the enticings of His spirit. I know that He cares, and I know that He lives, and I love Him.
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