Pantheistic Strings & Mystical QM Einstein was cannonized as a saint by the Navaho nation for his theory of Relativity. The Navaho's have no future tense, no verb to be, in their language and their worldview is very relativistic. Much of native american religion shares the exact same artwork, symbols, and basic formulation of its roots in Asian Shamanism. Relativism is precisely what distinguishes these worldviews from western thought. The two basic schools of Asian and Shamanistic thought are Pantheism and Mysticism. Like the theory of Relativity, String theory is a more Pantheistic formulation while QM is a more mystical one. Pantheistic approaches can be incredibly flexible and readily adapted to mathematical formulas, while mysticism can possess more elegant simplicity and stubbornly resist analysis. It is the mystical perspective, I believe, that is the missing ingredient required to formulate a TOE. One step forward, two steps back is a good metaphor for this. Over the last thirty years the growing consensus among theorists has been that in order to make further progress our views of spacetime must become more fuzzy. As much as a TOE will answer our questions, it must also deepen the mystery. Thoughts? Questions?