Andrew C. Backus, Ph.D. has been a minister, a teacher, a scientist, and always a musician — and a student of being alive:
Life is full but finite. Consciousness is the greatest gift, but a curse, as well. It is truly the knowledge of good and evil — and death, the ultimate encouragement — and discouragement. I wake up every morning amazed and thankful at being alive, yet saddened, too.
We believe that our souls are immortal. To prove that, we commit heinous acts as well as heroic deeds. We are driven to stand up for what we believe, be that evil or good.
The only question, then, is how to remain heroic and not slip to the easier, dark side. Violence and fear are our genetic heritage. Kindness and hope are our cultural heritage. It is a battle between the two. And if there is a cosmic community out there waiting to see if we can fit in, the decision hinges on the outcome of that battle — not to mention our survival.
Music and ritual celebrate the bright, hopeful side of life.