Mathematics and history dominate the modern conception of the world–of this era–of the way we think. We seek the fact. Fact is what dominates our thinking.
We have theories of how the Cosmos was made or came about but don’t have a definitive understanding and cannot completely plumb the depths of something that we did not “make.”
History makes sense to us because it chronicles what man has done over the centuries. Math makes sense because it is the same here as in the farthest reaches of the universe.
In the midst of all this knowing, knowing facts, do we know who we are?
In this way of thinking, only the created order is thought about, what is seen, what is proved tangibly or mathematically–even scientifically.
So thinking of “being” is no longer important to the modern thinker.
The question of who or what made the universe doesn’t matter as much as long as we can explain what is immediately around us–that which we can see.
God cannot be proved. He cannot be mathematically or scientifically discovered. God is not a fact.
(I am not saying there is no God.) But if fact dominates one’s thinking being becomes non-existent.
We only see ourselves as bodies. The cosmos happened, came about randomly over long periods of time that had no Providence or “other” guiding its formation. The modern way of thinking depresses me. But like Joseph Ratzinger said, there is doubt in one’s belief. And it’s no wonder when a certain way of seeing and thinking about the world dominates for hundreds of years, it’s very easy to doubt.
Our senses are finite. Our understanding, finite.
The hope is that modern thinking, post-modern thinking is only a flash in the pan at this point. There have always been movements of remembering what was thought and considered in the past.
How do we make sense of all that is around us? Through only our own understanding? Or do we seek wisdom? From others, yes, but also seek wisdom from sacred texts. Then a person must decide what is true. I would say in the seeking, God will guide the one who seeks. (If you don’t believe in God, you may surprise yourself in your findings).