4450 Fieldston Rd
Bronx, NY 10471
Will Rogers once said, “It ain’t what we don’t know that gives us trouble, it’s what we know that ain’t so.” Richard Feynman said it in different words, “”I think it’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong.” When choosing between uncertainty and false certainty, knowing that we don’t know is usually the better choice.
The world, and our universe, are full of inspiring mystery, and so are our everyday lives. Mystery isn’t the same as superstition, where we assume that we know the cause of an action or consequence. Our Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on what it means to accept mystery in our lives.
“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”
“Many of the past generation and many of today have found three abiding values:
the quiet meditation on life,
the reaching out toward the universal and the infinite,
and the courageous facing of one’s profoundest wishes.
With these as our calling, let us sense and share the glory and mystery of everyday things.
Let us look with sympathy upon humanity’s age-long dilemmas.
Let no questions be taboo.”
― Sophia Lyon Fahs, whose writings inspired Ethics for Children lessons used at the Society in the 1950s and 1960s
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when [one] contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.” ―
“The Cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us — there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.” ― Carl Sagan
Our Ethics Matters theme for December is Mystery – The practice of embracing life and the universe with humility and awe; understanding the limits of human knowledge.
11 a.m. is gathering time, to meet and greet one another. We start the formal program at 11:15 and usually end about 12:30. After that, we have a time of informal conversation with some beverages and snacks. Please feel free to bring some snacks to share!