"Whatever you do will be insignificant,
but it is very important that you do it." - Mohandas
Story Short: It's not where we come from, it's where we're
ago, I mean a REALLY long time ago there was literally, in
the truest sense of the word, nothing. The universe as we
know it was an absolute void. No atomic
no gravity, no light, no Starbucks, zippo.
Yet, somehow, "stuff" started to accumulate. Lots
of it, and it was exactly the kind of material of which our
universe currently consists.
This would be no less remarkable
if the known universe had suddenly began to fill up with
Snickers Bars. Yes, imagine a Milky Way made of Snickers
Bars. But I digress.
Where did it all come from?
Mankind has only within the past hundred years
or so gained enough scientific insight into the primal forces
of nature to even begin asking the proper questions, let
alone formulating a definitive answer. In truth, we may never
as we'd need a computer powerful enough to
reassemble the universe into its pre-Big Bang components
and then have it retrogress until all is revealed.
not gonna happen.
But there's always hope. We are, after all, a species that
invented Silly Putty, the spork and Pee Wee Herman film festivals.
Religion, on the other hand, puts science in its place by
saying "Silly heathen. As we've been telling you for
thousands of years God just showed up one day out of a clear
blue, unimaginable other sky and instantly created all that
you see in them NOVA specials. He just snapped his majestic
VOILA! instant paradise. So sit down,
up, memorize at least four of these ten rules and drop ten
bucks in the collection plate when it comes around. Oh, and
They so suck."
This is what's popularly known as Creation Science. This
is what Sarah Palin believes in. Fuck Sarah Palin.
Let me just say that, in the long run, The Answer is largely
immaterial, that we as a race are clearly and completely
insignificant in comparison to the whole of Everything Else.
We are cosmic
mayflies careening through the cosmos on our
personal, 80-year (on average) dance of life, love, and death.
It makes no difference whether we all take each other by
the hand and strive to make
the Earth a better place or die in the folly of testosterone-enhanced
But, of the two, I know which one I'd
I'm just sayin'.