One of those quotations I really, really like and wish I had said comes from the late Roy Mankovitz, scientist and nature-based illness prevention researcher, who said:
The beauty of revering nature is that she provides the same guidance to all living things, and we don't need self-appointed paid intermediaries. We do not have to suspend reality or have an unrealistic belief system. We just have to look out the window at the plants, animals, and soil and there she is in all her beauty.
I got that from a comment he left on an old post concerning the conflict between science and religion over at the Huffington Post.
In the same comment Mankovitz said he had "a deep reverence for that which has caused everything in our universe (and probably others) to evolve and exist." And he decried the "pathetic level of comprehension" that leads so many to apply "anthropomorphic traits" to the "that which."
So do I. So do I.
It's strange, I think, the way so many mostly ignore what has been called the "fearful symmetry" of nature. There is a depth there that fascinates me beyond words.