Why Organized Religion Fails Me

“As a scientist, I’d much rather have questions I can’t answer than answers I can’t question.” – Max Tegmark

When I Googled this quote to ascertain his surname (It flashed across the SciChannel screen pretty quickly after the statement was made. I guessed Mark Rugmuth, haha!), I found that he plagiarized, er, restated another scientist, Richard Feynman.

Either way, me too. I like to say, “I dance in the question mark!” In truth, some unknowable things vex me, like Black Holes. I cannot be made to understand them, so they irritate me. Even worse are Dark Matter and Dark Energy. I DON’T GET IT!

Just dance, girl. Dance!

P.S. A young scientist, like, totally captured the image of a Black Hole today. She decided in high school that’s what she’d do, so she wrote an algorithm in grad school, and did just that. Today, she’s 29 years old. I don’t know how old she was when she invented brand-new technology that changed the world.

katie bouman
“Watching in disbelief as the first image I ever made of a black hole was in the process of being reconstructed.” -Katie Bouman on Twitter
richard feynman

There It Is! My View:

If any question remains as to why live in Salt Lake City, let these answer them:

view from everywhere!

Looking down the street to the left, you see the Cathedral of the Madeleine. The bells are delightful, though Rebecca’s nephew curses them, for he lives right next door. The LDS Church paid for the cathedral’s rose window. I love that. In Salt Lake, you find a cohesive sense of fairplay among religious leaders and organizations. 

Cathedral of the Madeleine

In fact, when the Baptist Church made the misinformed film, “The Godmakers,” a rabbi here wrote a firm, supportive letter to the media describing the decency of this community and its Mormon neighbors. I don’t have details to support this, but I remember it. Examples of this treatment toward one another abound in our history.

Temple Square

Next is the view to the right down the street… that pretty temple: 

Work has yet to be done toward equity here, as elsewhere.

Blessings to all! Go with God or whomever. Love, crh