This may seem an odd title in the context of intelligent simplicity. I agree! What I want to do is to use intelligent simplicity to explore big questions, avoiding complicated concepts and language. For example, what is the Cosmos, and what is our place in it? These two questions are at the heart of “Inner Cosmos”, a book I am writing.
It all started when I read “Occult Science” by Rudolf Steiner. This was his attempt to write an outline of the spiritual nature and history of the universe. Although I was intrigued, I was far from satisfied. The book is not an easy read, and I wanted to know much more. Although I did not realise it at the time (1962), I made it part of my life’s work to write about the deeper nature of the Cosmos, and about our part in it. In particular, I wanted to write in ways more accessible to more people. This is where intelligent simplicity comes into its own. It is only very recently that I decided on an approach to this. I decided to ask two basic questions:
Why (and how) is the universe knowable? What is it about the universe that allows us to know it?
Are we “miniatures” of the universe? Are we microcosms of the Macrocosm? Does this have something to do with the relationship between the knower and the known?
Exploring these questions, and the connections between them, led me to some very powerful insights, all of which can be expressed simply and clearly, and made accessible to most people.
Keeping things as simple as possible – for example, avoiding academic language – has been the key to this exploration.
More in the next blog!