Our youngest daughter is a senior in high school. Lexie is our “baby” and when she leaves the house next fall, Ginger and I will have the house to ourselves—-YIKES!! Ginger is already bracing herself AND looking forward to it. Let me explain.
This week Lexie is working on an assigned paper regarding science and religion. The question is whether or not they can co-exist. She is using a plethora of analogies on both sides to make the case. This can be a very deep and personal topic and as we discussed her ideas, a thought occurred to me.
“Let’s go outside and gaze into the Milky Way,” I suggested. When you look deep into space, you realize immediately, that we have limitations in both science and religion. I, personally, believe that not knowing everything is part of the “plan” to develop faith. Knowing our limitations as mortal beings should allow us to easily accept the premise that science and religion not only can co-exist, but they MUST. There is no need for them to be mutually exclusive. We enjoy salt and pepper don’t we? They compliment our meals terrifically, but can be on opposite ends of the spectrum.
This got me to thinking about a company study recently in the book Crucial Conversations by Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, and Switzler. In it they talk about two ugly options using the word “either”. In other words, many conversations in our businesses proclaim this concept, suggesting we can’t have it “both ways”. This is known as the “Sucker’s Choice”. When we open ourselves to change and possibilities, and can learn to effectively incorporate the word “And”. In our business for example, some used to say you can have quality or production, not both. WRONG. We can have quality AND production, and we MUST have both. So we must search for the elusive “AND” while eliminating the sucker’s choice. This will open up all kinds of possibilities.
Lexie’s school paper brought this home again. Science AND religion for example can co-exist, and in many aspects of our business and life, we must realize our limitations, stop judging quickly on the surface, look a little deeper and find the elusive “And”.
Side Note… The NASA website (www.NASA.gov) has a gallery of photos each with a short explanation. The following was taken directly from that site as I thought it was appropriate for this blog entry. The image is titled “Earthrise” and the caption reads:
Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, entered lunar orbit on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1968. That evening, the astronauts–Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders–held a live broadcast from lunar orbit, in which they showed pictures of the Earth and moon as seen from their spacecraft. Said Lovell, “The vast loneliness is awe-inspiring and it makes you realize just what you have back here on Earth.” They ended the broadcast with the crew taking turns reading from the book of Genesis”.