Living Templates

Templates exist everywhere in life. A knitting pattern is a template, as is a stencil used to reproduce graphics on surfaces, or the moulds and jigs widely employed in manufacturing, or a format used to standardise the document layout of a computer file. Templates help us faithfully recreate identical forms without having to start from square one each time. They are a valued platform; they guarantee standard.

Human beings are also templated, with a recognisable physical form that has evolved broadly over the past two million years or so, reproduced faithfully billions and billions of times since then. We each appear in life with the same ‘starter’ equipment, we have coded DNA that enables lungs to breathe, and our hearts to beat, but we are also enhanced by many finer faculties such as feeling, instinct, consciousness, imagination, choice, reason, understanding - all playing their part in endowing human experience with subtlety, richness, and depth, rather than the automatic outplay of the physical aspects of life.

But why endow the human with such attributes, with such potential for drama and complexity? Such a highly ordered platform might emerge once out of a random universe, but why reproduce it if it serves no purpose?

Such questions as these are explored at the Waunifor Centre.

As ages come and go it's clear to see that certain religions, thinkers or scientists have influenced the core values of the time and in a way put together templates for living that have informed the lives of all born at that time.

As we move into the future, what underlying Template of core values will sustain and nourish future generations? And so the questions keep coming. It is an open enquiry that never stops.