It turns out that culture is the most powerful force available to to us. Culture comes from each of us, from the connections between.*
The important distinction is not between theists and naturalists; it’s between people who care enough about the universe to make a good-faith effort to understand it, and those who fit into a predetermined box or simply take it for granted. The universe is much bigger than you and me, and the quest to figure it out unites people with a spectrum of substantive beliefs. It’s us against the mysteries of the universe; if we care about understanding, we’re on the same side.**
The saying goes, “If you build it, they will come.”
There’ll always be people who, for one reason or another, will wait until others build or create something they will come to see they need or want.
The reality of the universe, though, is that we all get the chance to make something valuable together that we want to live within and for.
We know that as we grow up we have to move from dependence to independence, but that isn’t our destination. To be independent people is to value the person, the thing.
Our goal, though, is to move into interdependence, then the thing we are valuing most of all is the relationship between one thing and another thing, a person and some thing, and a person and another person.
(*From Seth Godin’s blog: Where’s the king of the ants?)
(**Sean Carroll, quoted in Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings: Existential Therapy from the Universe.)