Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Don Pendleton Essays

This is an excerpt from the soon to be published book, The Cosmic Breath: Metaphysical Essays of Don Pendleton. The publication date for the new book should be October 15th, and will be available at Amazon. Don considered himself to be a metaphysical scholar and although most of his writings over the years were fiction, he loved sharing his metaphysical beliefs. I love this quote by Albert Einstein and wanted to share it.

This excerpt is from Don’s Essay, The Basic Question, which is about just that—Is there a reason for the existence of the world?

All the great systems of human thought have conceded that all of science and all of philosophy and, yes, even all of religion cannot answer the unanswerable question of existence—yet we have done so, and we have done so negatively.

Okay, back to metaphysics. Why? Why is there not a reason for the existence of the world? Because you cannot see a creator, a God? Albert Einstein has seen him. If science is your religion, then listen to the testimony of one of the scientific greats of all time. “My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds. That deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.” Is that science? No, that is metaphysics. It is also religion, and Einstein had something to say about that also: “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” And that, also, is metaphysics.

Indeed, all that admits or examines or even questions the great primordial mysteries of existence is metaphysics. Metaphysics is religion, and science, and philosophy—without the self-imposed chains of those inquiries. Metaphysics is ESP, it is mysticism, it is magic, it is spirituality—and it is the human mind pondering the imponderable.



Anonymous said...

When there is a circle and there is data points or knowledge in the circle, we begin connecting the dots. This I see is Reason. Therefore, anything can become reasonable depending on what facts are being pointed to. Therefore, what is reasonable is everchanging. The World and the System and the Loops we engage ourselves to is an arena of variables to create new perceptions through incorporating new knowledge.

Does this sound Reasonable? :)

Ronda Laveen said...

Wonderfully stated, Linda. Thank you for sharing Don's wisdom with us. He has left but he is not gone is he?

Linda Pendleton said...

Hi Bernie,

"The World and the System and the Loops we engage ourselves to is an arena of variables to create new perceptions through incorporating new knowledge."

I agree...and yes that is Reasonable. :-)

Thanks for you comments, always love them and glad to see you back and blogging again.

Linda Pendleton said...


Thanks. Yes, I love sharing Don with the world, and yes, he is still with us... :-)

Nancy said...

Great post. I look forward to the book.

Linda Pendleton said...

Thanks, Nancy.. :-)

Ricky Kendall said...

I wish I could have had more time to know Don. Obviously a visionary. That kind of inner awareness has to make one very happy. I would say he was a very happy person.

Linda Pendleton said...


He was a visionary...and yes he enjoyed life.

I wish too you could have known him better...longer :-)