Everyone once knew that the spiritual world of instinct, intuition, imagination, hunches and nudges was the foundation of the material world of logic, reason, intelligence, morality and ethics. Then the Age of Reason came along and all that changed. Well. There is the kind of knowing that knows facts and figures, and what time it is, and there is the kind of knowing that knows what's what, and what is called for, when, where and how, and what it is time for. Scientists trust what they don't know more than they trust what they do know. The real foundation of science is finding out more about what they don't know, and discovering more questions they don't know how to answer. This makes science the best religion of the modern age. No theology. And plenty of instinct, intuition and imagination forms the ground of all worthy equations. How the carbon atom produced compassion is the miracle at the heart of the mystery of life. That gets me every time! Because all it takes is time. Which is totally amazing.
Every time is the right time for something-- if it is only waiting things out until it is time to act. Everything is good for something-- if it is only sitting in the stillness while the mud settles and the water clears. We cannot hurry the propitious time, we can only recognize it when it is upon us. In the meantime, we go about our business as usual, seeing what we look at, knowing what's what, what is called for, and what needs to be done about it, doing it as it needs to be done, in each situation as it arises. Empty of agendas and opinions, with only preferences and opportunities to guide us-- without insisting on anything, or demanding anything beyond the fundamental rights that form the social contract among all human beings. And standing firm for those, for ourselves and all others-- "without hope, without witness, without reward" (Steven Moffat). Because knowing where to draw the line is the foundation for all that follows.