Inspiring purpose on the path of life

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A Quest for Wisdom by David Lorimer

In this article, David Lorimer, Programme Director of the Scientific and Medical Network (former President of Wrekin Trust and the Swedenborg Society) introduces his recently published book ‘A Quest for Wisdom – Inspiring purpose on the path of life’.  

“You’ll find in this book there are three sections with 25 essays in all. The first on philosophy, spirituality and meaning. The second on consciousness, death and transformation. The third on taking responsibility, ethics and society.

And the thinkers that I talk about here are many of those who have influenced me over my life.

I’m just going to read a recent poem that addresses some of the themes in the book and it’s called ‘Deliverance’.

Every year the Earth

Gives birth to new life –

But what about us?

Can we give birth

To a new culture,

A culture of love

A culture of wisdom

A culture of truth

A culture of justice

A culture of freedom

A culture of kindness

A culture of peace

A culture of beauty?


Or will we remain

Huddled in darkness

Trapped in fear

Stifled by control

Cowed into compliance

Cancelled by censors –

Unable to breathe freely,

Sleepwalking backwards

Into digital slavery?


Deep grief wells up –

A sense of human future lost,

Of time being short,

Earth in the balance,

Breakdown and breakthrough

Coming into view.


Will this culture of hope

Be stillborn again?

Or can we finally deliver

This new world together

With courage and love?


The Earth has long awaited

This moment of deliverance

From violence and secrecy,

From deception and evil.


The world can torture

And crucify the good

But the light of love


Comes through –

Human hearts crack open,

The birth pangs of one humanity

Awakening oh so slowly,



From the cave of suffering

To greet the rising sun.

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