Friday, February 11, 2022

In the beginning - alignments as cosmology


In the beginning everything was - an endless primordial goo that morphed from one form to another without direction. The Lords of Chaos, powers with a strong enough will to impress the goo into shapes that lasted for some time, each fashioned their own reality. The gods of self-styled worlds, they inhabited these realities, using their very presence to feed energy into the shapes over long eons. In fact, some became so addicted to the expressions of their vanity that they stagnated. Others abandoned their creations to entropy, allowing their creations to morph and decay, inexorably, back to the goo from which they came. Some of these Lords were fickle, creating one new reality after another to feed their massive egos and experience a thousand pleasures. Others grew tired and became, themselves, formless. We are intelligences, small points of light that emerged from the shapes of the gods, who are left to make our own way as best we can. Like the gods, we have some power to create our own realities, according to our strength and focus. We can count on nothing from the gods, but we can expect to find unhappiness where our ideas and theirs clash, or wild gain where our interests align.


In the beginning there was nothing. The God of Law decided to form a universe out of the nothing and their own material intelligence, creating a foundation upon which one intricate design after another was formed. Universal principles governed each new elaborate structure. All were beyond the ability of mere mortals to comprehend. The Creator then set these designs in motion. They had, by this time, given birth to other gods, angels, and demons, and assigned to each of them a specific role as guardians of creation, as well as giving each a code by which they must behave. Through folly or extreme experimentation, the creator even gave some of his designs free will – the ability to depart from the universal principles. The disobedience of these creations has lead to errors in the system, and these errors cause great pain and grief for the creator. (Not because they must suffer. They could easily erase such errors. Rather, because the creator has made a law for themself that they will not interfere with these designs until a time far in the future.) We are those designs of free will. If we obey the clear and present laws in evidence all around us, we live in happiness and peace. If we disobey, out of a selfish need to further our own interests at the cost of others, we are doomed to unhappiness and punishment.


We cannot know what was in the beginning, just as we cannot know everything that comprises our present realities. Life is best when we stop striving and feeding extreme viewpoints. And yet, the closest one comes to truth is in the observation of a paradox. There is only this life and it is best lived by working toward what pleases us without causing undue harm to others. There is no good or evil, no objective truth, only the eye of the storm where all conflicts coalesce into a temporary semblance of peace and stability.