In the time before life, Earth was but a swirling mass of gasses: no land, no sea, no sky. A day was nothing but a shy twirl of the earth before the gaze of the sun, whose only impact was to stir the winds with waves of temperature that whipped the elements about. As they heated, cooled, mixed, and clashed, the stirring gasses combined into configurations of molecules, gaining weight, gaining complexity, gaining volume, gaining density. With time, the gasses transformed to liquid and created a great ocean. And with more time, there were humble solid specs floating in that ocean.
The solids were contained environments for certain elements to remain locked together, and as the solid specks collided together, those connections caused side effects and reactions that sometimes created larger configurations, sometimes created new types of combinations, and sometimes created splits of bigger pieces into smaller.
On one nameless morning amidst the coastless sea, the dawn light pierced a wave like a prism and cast down such a laserlight concentration of light onto a single solid speck in such a way that it provoked a great reaction. The speck, thus infused, could not contain its new energy and it cleaved apart. But this reaction was of a different kind than any that had preceded it: rather than split the large solid into smaller solids, this reaction separated the physical from the aphysical, the matter from the antimatter, the large solid from the corresponding otherness. Thus, the speck was infused with Life-state, and an equal-and-opposite God-state manifested alongside. In this instant, the duel phenomena of Life and God came about.
What is Life, then? It is the occupancy of the physical space that is countered by the naked formless presence. It is the chemical reaction that begins with a speck and a spark and ends with a death. It is the conversion of light energy into a flameless fire that burns within a physical host. It is the energy that animates and burns within one, unless or until it passes on to another before the fuel of the first is depleted.
The trick of life then, is that it can convey its own spark onto other speck, as to prolong the reaction. The fuse of each living this varies but the underlying fact is no different for a fruit fly or a flamingo- pass the spark of end the line. Light is the source- Life is the prism that reflects it for a little while.
In this way, that first animated speck did beget life onto other solids that it came into contact with. When the time came for the reaction of that first speck to run out, there were many other lives and much more God than when it all started.
Upon dying, a speck would remain solid, and would float to the sea’s core. The wisp of God that corresponded to it would dissolve into the air and be gone. In time, the husks of the dead specks built up above the sea-level and formed what we now know of as land. Yes, many specks some blinked out before they could perpetuate themselves, but more lived than died and the increasing life force became ever more complex and vast.
Each life-given molecule contained different elements and constituted different life forms. The little parcels of God that each life created bubbled to the surface of the sea- then adjacent to space- and merged together in ever-expanding air pockets.
As life grew in volume, the wisps of God accumulated and joined and eventually surrounded the earth, expanding the buffer between terrestry and unforgiving space in what is often considered “atmosphere”. God was an envelope and, in its pocket, life emerged from the water.
Into that breathable god-spirit atmosphere, life emerged from the water and onto the land. Life, over time, developed into ever more complex capable and conscientious beings. Humans came to be on that surface world, sipping God in and out with every breath of their lungs.
And, right now, you and I, who are we? We are that uninterrupted flame of all the fires that ever burned before us, and our spirit is in constant communion with all the god forces of all the other Lives sharing time, right now, on this earth.
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