In other words, is there ever anything new under the sun? Abraham Lincoln said “Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t new after all.” Ralph Waldo Emerson said “All my best thoughts were stolen by the ancients.” And Blaise Pascal said “The greater intellect one has, the more originality one finds in men. Ordinary persons find no difference between men.”
As you can see, the thoughts about original thinking seem to be all over the place. I wanted to explore this idea of original thinking in light of the Gospel and the collective thought of humanity.
First of all, Jesus Christ turned the world upside down with His original thinking. There has been no man in the history of the world that has said and did the things that He has. So in response to my question, in regards to Jesus Christ, “is there anything new under the sun?”, the answer is a resounding yes. To get more information about this phenomenal person, go to whoisjesus-really.com and get the facts.
But what about us mere human beings? Do we have original thoughts. Well my first reaction is yes, I hope so. But my reflection will be in light of our spiritual dimension and our possible relationship with our Creator, because He is inspiration. God has a unique, personal plan for each of us and if we strive to understand that plan, He will reveal Himself to us in awesome ways allowing us to tap into some of His unfathomable thoughts, little by little. This awareness or enlightenment is not something that we can do on our own, but by God’s own design, He transforms His creatures that accept and follow His Son, Jesus Christ, as their personal Lord and Savior. All of the Church’s saints have followed this wisdom and it is my hope that you and I can follow in their footsteps. C. S. Lewis, said in effect, that the last frontier on earth was not going to be space travel or other forms of technology or evolutionary marvels, but man’s understanding of “The Way” of Jesus Christ, as taught in the New Testament and His Church.
It seems modern man, including myself at times, through pride and wanting to do it our own way, have not acknowledged God and/or have not developed a desire for the “Good News” that Jesus Christ represents, thereby hindering our enlightenment and our right relationship with creation. I think Abraham Lincoln and Ralph Waldo Emerson, when they say that there is essentially nothing new under the sun, actually agree with Pascal’s statement, “The greater intellect one has, the more originality one finds in men”. These authors recognize the wisdom of the ages because God’s intelligence permeates believers and we can recognize the beauty of each individual soul and all of creation.
Pascal goes on to say that ordinary persons, (I would interpret that as those who don’t see with divine inspiration), see no difference in men. When men lack the Holy Spirit, it is very likely that their so called original thinking doesn’t reflect Truth and belies the tradition of humanity’s wisdom, visio beatifica, the “seeing that confers bliss”. But when man accepts Jesus as God’s son, who came among us and willingly accepted a horrifying death to save mankind from their sinfulness, we become new creatures with the possibility of being filled with the Holy Spirit, who pours out His grace and love and mercy on His beloved.
Then with God, it is likely that an individual will have the availability of true original thinking, that of God’s. I believe, like the Saints that have gone before us, all things are possible with God. Let’s give Jesus our availability so He can inspire us in “the elaboration of ever more perfect eyes” as described in Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s book, The Phenomenon of Man, and strive to be what God is calling us to be. God bless you!