Put simply, the contemplative
reveals insights into reality and being.
Conversely, the archaic nineteenth century concept of scientific materialism
, as it was called, asserts adherence to an understanding that the only reality is that which may be measured and quantified, and in this manner all there is may be known and understood, without limits.
Since that time, cultural diktat
has demanded slavish, unspoken acquiescence to this concept among the self-styled "intellectual" classes, academic, political, literary, and "artistic", and there can be no questioning the absolute nature of this doctrinaire humanist approach without social ostracism.
More often than not, it is the sole determinant for inclusion in any contemporary cultural milieu
Nonetheless, I compose, as a free individual, in the philosophical traditions of Boethius, Lao Tzu, Epictetus, and those who perceive a higher, universal order and power, with the consciousness of a human spirit and soul.