So many of our ideological gears are molded by the geography we grow up in. I’ve gone on about that before but it’s kind of fun to really hang around in that thought bubble to find specific examples of that. Here’s one:
When we’re surrounded every minute of every day with technology in service of every facet of living – incuding the asphalt or floorboards always under our feet – we resonate with a science-based way of seeing the world. If we’re used to seeing nature act out all around us every day without technology always directly and peripherally in our vision, we might come to have more of a sense of mystery and awe that translates best through a theological lense.
I’m just pondering away a Sunday afternoon as an antidote to the morning’s depression-and-cynicism fever from reading the Sunday Times. I think that pondering is an interesting puzzle for everybody to do on a regular basis. When there’s some down time, sit alone and imagine ways that mundane living in one geographical culture would form a view that’s way different from my own but makes perfect sense in that place.
— Polar Levine, News Goo Dissection