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The creation myth is a common component within spiritual practices. This can be described a symbolic narrative of how the world began and how people first came to inhabit it[1]

While in popular usage the term myth often refers to false or fanciful stories, formally, it does not imply falsehood. Cultures generally regard their creation myths as true.[2] In the society in which it is told, a creation myth is usually regarded as conveying profound truths, metaphorically, symbolically and sometimes in a historical or literal sense.

There are a huge variety of conflicting fictional creation myths across many different religions. The prototheistic approach to devising a creation myth is twofold and listed below in separate pointsː

  1. Analyzing the concept of existence and seeing if any conclusions can be drawn from the logic of the framework which it has contained itself within.
  2. Presenting the currently available scientific evidence, assessing it with a skeptical mindset and updating it as new evidence emerges.

Scientific consensus[edit]

Timeline of the metric expansion of space, where space (including hypothetical non-observable portions of the universe) is represented at each time by the circular sections. On the left the dramatic expansion occurs in the inflationary epoch, and at the center the expansion accelerates (artist's concept; not to scale).

The Big Bang theory is the prevailing scientific model regarding how the universe started, and then made the groups of stars (called galaxies) we see today. According to a wealth of evidence, the universe began as very hot, small, and dense, with no stars, atoms, form, or structure (called a "singularity"). Then about 14 billion years ago,[3] space expanded very quickly (thus the name "Big Bang"), resulting in the formation of atoms, which eventually led to the creation of stars, galaxies and complex life. The universe is still expanding today, but is also progressively getting getting colder as well.

However, it is worth nothing that this current theory is merely humanity's best model for understanding how things came to be and is not inherently infallible. It may well be updated beyond recognizeablity or replaced altogether at some point in the future as knowledge and science progresses.

Progression and complexification[edit]

Using the external analysis of astronomy, biology, anthropology, history, geology and other such sciences, we can come to the conclusion that there are identifiable stages of significant change or progress occurring across the universal time line. However, what is interesting about this constant progression in complexity and novelty is that it is occurring at an exponentially accelerating rate with each stage occurring in a considerably shorter time frame than the one which preceded which it.

This may suggest that an acceleration in universal complexity is perhaps one of this existences primary functions, ultimate goals or perhaps simply an unintended consequence. Either way, the exponential self complexification of this universal existence system can be demonstrated as expanding in both it prevalence and acceleration through an analysis of the following timelines:

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NOTE: An excel spreadsheet of this progression chart which automatically updates its numbers, percentages and dates as time moves forward can be found here.

Interdependent opposites[edit]

From Nothing vs Something to all that we know. (this diagram needs a tonne of improvement)

Although it is not known why the big bang occurred in the first place, there may be potential clues within the logic of how systems within this existence inherently organize themselves. For example, to the best of our knowledge, we know that at the most fundamental and basic level of this universe there lies a system of rules that is of unknown origin but governs this existence regardless. At least one of the primary rules of this logic based system is that opposites presuppose, necessitate and are interdependent upon one another as two sides of the same conceptual coin. As this process initially materialized there would inherently be a base concept known as "nothing", which would simultaneously presuppose and instantaneously necessitate the concept of "something" to act as its essential and necessary logical contrast.

As nothing presupposed something into existence, this new system had to necessarily have its own qualities and details in order to differentiate itself from the something that necessitated it. This likely gave rise to new properties of previously non existant co-dependent opposites such as "heat vs cold", "positive charge vs negative charge", "antimatter vs matter", "complexification vs entropy" "light elements vs heavy elements" and many more.

The physical positions of these constructs throughout their existence then presupposed dimensions ("up vs down" / "left vs right"/ "past vs future"). This occurred by things residing in relation to each other across differing physical planes or sections of this existence.

Whilst this was happening, over time, a varied combination of "light elements vs heavy elements" conglomerated into ever more complex structures, leading not only to the "organic chemistry vs inorganic chemistry" but eventually "life vs death". As this progressed further, the presence of these new complex lifeforms evolved through natural selection. This led to a multitude of new oppisitual presuppositions becoming necessitated. "Simple life vs complex life" led onto "intelligence vs unintelligence", "self awareness vs self unawareness" and therefore notions of "self vs other". The more self aware or "intelligent" the life form was, the more effectively it could begin to establish an almost infinite multitude of new opposites by simply identifying them into existence.

These can be considered as "subjective vs objective" concepts, of which there are far too many to possibly list in their entirety but a few examples of which include:

"love vs hate", "north vs south", "light vs dark", "good vs bad", "big vs small", "wet vs dry", "hard vs soft", "pleasure vs suffering", "yes vs no", "internal vs external", "hot vs cold", "young vs old", "something vs nothing", "being vs non-being", "boring vs fun", "etc, etc"

Although these are "subjective" concepts and depend upon the brain system of a sentient species capable of hosting them, they are not any more or less genuine than any other known facet of this existence. Once identified, they can be considered as fundamental properties of this universe which are applied to itself through the extension of physical sentient beings.

Thus, regardless of the prevailing scientific theory pertaining to the specific mechanisms of how creation came to be. It may be self evident that the creation of the multiplicity of forms which we see all around us, is the result of a binary system of co-arising interdependent opposites.

Equilibrium[edit]

Equilibrium between the base concepts of "Nothing Vs. Something". A potential timeline of the universe which may extend into eternity.

However, since the base opposites of "Nothing vs. Something", cannot logically exist simultaneously, equilibrium to sustain the rules of its system must always be reached. Thus, once something has commenced it will always inevitably return to nothing through the ever present property of entropy which would perhaps then once again eventually presuppose the appearance of something in yet another potentially eternal cycle of logically necessitated creation and destruction.

Unanswerable questions[edit]

Although we can use our intellects to understand that this system of presupposed opposites exists, there are unknowable answers to questions regarding it.

  • How was this system of logic put into place?
  • Why does it exist at all?

These are questions pertaining to what is commonly referred to as the problem of a "prime mover" which will likely remain as unknowable truths that can never be answered.

Implications[edit]

As it stands, human beings on planet earth are by far the most complex known vessels through which the universe is currently fulfilling its function as an exponential system of self complexification. Regardless of our inherently small physical size. we are the carriers of 14 billion years of momentum or progress and therefore potentially significant in the grand scheme of things. If we continue to progress this system through science, technology and social cooperation, we may well reach a point in which either technological singularity is caused or perhaps a less dramatic and general continuation of advancement that progressively continues as time marches forwards. However, there is every chance that we may well destroy ourselves before this happens. Although it is important that we prevent our own demise, regardless of whether or not human beings sustain their society long term, it can be reasonably assumed that another species somewhere out there will eventually succeed on a level beyond our own.

The next century is the most important in humanity's history thus far. With problems such as climate change, economic destabilization, dependence on non renewable energy sources, unsustainable lifestyles and our species increasing ability to destroy itself through it is more important than ever to try and make a difference on any level possible in order help maintain this progression of accelerating complexity. Our obligation to survive is owed not just to ourselves but also to that of the cosmos, ancient and vast, from which we sprang.

References[edit]

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  2. "In common usage the word 'myth' refers to narratives or beliefs that are untrue or merely fanciful; the stories that make up national or ethnic mythologies describe characters and events that common sense and experience tell us are impossible. Nevertheless, most religions celebrate such myths and attribute to them various degrees of literal or symbolic truth." (Leeming 2010, p. xvii)
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