Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality


Fortunate Clash of New and Old

posted by Cheryl Petersen

rooftops in Marrakech full of satellites

We’ve all seen resistance to change. Human beings sometimes fear the new and therefore cling to the old. But, mostly, the new and old blend with a happy dynamic that makes for an interesting life.

Last week in Marrakech, Morocco, I smiled at the obvious mix of new and old. While donkeys pulled carts to deliver merchandise throughout the Medina, people were texting or talking on their cell phones. Men would emerge from the Mosques and return to jobs that involved computers. Women purchased their daily food items in the Souk and went home to prepare it in their Kitchen Aide appliances. When there wasn’t time to cook food in a tagine, the pressure-cooker was used. The blend of the old and new was delightful.

Has there been a time when you’ve noticed a fortunate mix of new and old?

old rooftops

From the 4th edition Preface to 21st Century Science and Health, “Consciousness has changed dramatically over the last few centuries due to individual inspiration and a nonhierarchical collaboration. Science has pierced through superstitions. Technology has recalibrated spatial and temporal orientation. Education has revealed the similarities between human beings, doggedly proving that there is no superior or inferior person. A conscious “self” has emerged from the tribal mentality. The cosmos itself interprets an infinite. And, a theological religion is yielding to the empathic religion as religious thinking, through faith and reason, struggles to keep up with these new concepts without twisting them to suit human ideologies or outgrown beliefs.”

 

My daughter, Leah, on a rooftop



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