The lens of a people made of wood

I think it’s fair to say that if the Western world has an ilbal [sacred text], it is science … Science lets us see the dance of the chromosomes, the leaves of moss, and the farthest galaxy. But…does science allow us to perceive the sacred in the world, or does it bend light in such a way as to obscure it? A lens that brings the material world into focus but blurs the spiritual is the lens of a people made of wood. It is not more data that we need for our transformation…but more wisdom.

Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass, quoted by Gracy Olmstead in Fare Forward.

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