Highlight – The Old Fool Reflects

Why am I driven to these old myths, The Old Fool asked Eldon, his son in law.  Eldon smiled a wise middle-aged smile and said, “you are in the second half of life.”  His answer was influenced by a study of “Falling Upward” written by Father Richard Rohr who is, The Old Fool believes,  in the second half of life himself.

Rohr believes that the first half of life is used to build a container with rules, structures and standards for living.  The second half of life is a search for meaning for him to put into the container  constructed  in the first half of life.

The Old Fool knows he is past the first half of life and that much of it was used to provide structures for himself and others.   Now he accepts himself as living in the second half of life in which he is experiencing the incredible freedom to romp either on the inside or on the outside of boundaries set during the first half of life.  The Old Fool enjoys the company of others who are as free as he is to explore a new spirituaality that has opened to them.

Last Sunday, The Old Fool was in the company of scientists who had read Dr. Eben Alexander ‘s testimony of a personal after-death experience which he believes validates the existance of a heaven. The scientists respected Alexander’s witness, but they strongly asserted that it is not based on emperical evidence.  It cannot be repeated, touched, weighed, or measured in any way by other scientists. 

Through following emperical evidence my scientific friends  have built the container of evolution. The Old Fool  heard some of them say that though Alexander’s story may not stand the test of good science, it may still contain truth.  The Old Fool heard some of his friends admit that the scientific method is not the only way to find truth. 

The Old Fool does not regard himself as a scientist.  He understands himself to be more of a poet.  He can take the myths and find truth without being crunched by coping with the literalism of six days of creation, and a literal Adam and Eve. 

The Old Fool is no fool who is blinded by literalism.  He values the unknown, human adventures driven by curiosity, and finds comfort in the unity evident in The Mystery of a pantheon of gods. 


About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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