(Editor's Note: When we've talked about a New Bottom Line as a central part of Tikkun's message, some people react negatively to the last few words where we call for "awe, wonder and radical amazement at the universe." What they tell me is that this sounds like a slippery slope to religion which they believe must necessarily be either reactionary or at least irrational. Kirk Schneider's approach to awe should reassure them, both in its focus on how it might be helpful in healing our world and in his use of awe devoid of any automatic theological consequences. Please read it and read his book which gives a fuller picture of awe!--Rabbi Michael Lerner). AWE TRUMPS POLARIZATION
Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D.
The sense of awe--or humility and wonder, sense of adventure toward living--is becoming a cherished value in our emerging age.