On the job with Pete
schrade at akrobiz.com
Tue Jun 8 18:00:08 CDT 2004
> Are we discussing whether those beliefs are correct or whether Pete's
> work refers to them? It's the latter, right?
Yeah, whether or not "The Seeker" is really about spiritual seeking.
I kinda think it is, but I wanted to point out that, through Pete's intel-
ligent writing, the song can have a more general, non-spiritual interpret-
ation, as well.
> But, does finding God give us all the answers? I don't think so. I think
> plenty of people who believe in God are still searching for understanding.
True. Pete may have found his spiritual awareness but then encountered a
whole new set of questions. I'll buy that.
> Not every atheist is as contemplative as you are.
They call me the (atheist) seeker!
> I wouldn't question the awe, wonder and connection with the universe that
> you experienced, but I wouldn't call that spirituality. Spirituality is the
> contemplation of things supernatural and devine.
Not necessarily. The word ("spirituality") can have non-religious connotations,
as well. Perhaps that's an example of a deficiency in the language, or perhaps
Check out this quote:
"To pursue science is not to disparage the things of the spirit. In fact, to
pursue science rightly is to furnish the framework on which the spirit may
- Vannevar Bush
When I say I had spiritual moments in Yellowstone, that's what I'm talking
about. My personal study of science - in Yellowstone's case, the study of
earth history & geology - made my experiences spiritual. But it's hard (!)
to look at that word ("spiritual") & not think of the divine & supernatural.
> What is God without man?
> Yes, the Seeker is seeking truth, knowledge, but he seems to be a spiritual
> person who believes in God. Isn't that how you'd describe Pete? Haven't
> you expressed pity for him because you can see that in him?
Yeah, I wish he'd write more songs praising science. I don't think that's
gonna happen, though.
- SCHRADE in Akron
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