Do you feel the life force? Do you feel we’re all together?


The universe insists on the emergence of life, otherwise we would not be here. By no means could the universe generate itself as it has in the past 13.5 billion years in random fashion. The universe exudes intelligence. Just how this occurs, we can only surmise, but it appears obvious in the results it has produced thus far.

At the same time, we will not survive as a species any more than the Earth will survive when the sun dies in four billion years. Already, ninety-nine percent of all species that ever existed on Earth have become extinct. Yet, clearly life has been an outcome of the particular universe in which we live. Certainly, it does not take up residence exclusively on planet Earth. Life will live beyond our time.

Perhaps, our understanding of who we are begins by acknowledging each of us as a fragment of a greater whole, a single stitch in a garment. As fragments we participate in the life around us, making our contributions and accepting the contributions of others. Each of us emerges unique. As teachers entering our classrooms for the first time, we know we do not replace the previous teacher as a new light bulb replaces a worn light bulb. Instead, we come as unique fragments that have never been here nor ever will be here again…

We need to act in communion. If we do not, we will not survive. As humans, we find meaning in community. Solitary fragments become a shard, brittle and disconnected. When broken off from the whole—obvious when absent in a huge ceramic mosaic—not only will we be isolated but also we will be missed.

Swimme’s metaphor may appear grandiose when we compare it to ourselves in our classrooms [See June 28 post]. Yet, it reminds us of our universe home. It allows us to see our teacher lives as part of the continuum of the Universe Story and in particular, as conduits and creators of human history.

As Wilber said, “It’s turtles all the way down.”

What would your students have to say about these ideas? Listen carefully.

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For more on this crucial issue see Chapter 19 “Invoke the Cosmos” in Teaching from the Middle of the Room: Inviting Students to Learn from Amazon: