Scientists have a problem called the cosmological constant.
This is a reference (as I understand it, and this disclaimer applies to
everything I say here) to the level of inherent energy in the vacuum of
spacetime. If lower, the stars and life
could not form. If higher, all would fly apart and life would be impossible. I
think I have that close to right. In any case, because the cosmological
constant is balanced so perfectly, impossibly perfectly, they are troubled by
this fact. Some have said this has to point to a higher intelligence, i.e. God,
to have so many things so perfectly tuned for existence to work.
The solution comes in the form of Multiverses , and the Many
Worlds theory, which may be two perspectives of the same thing. The Multiverse theory is that this is only
one of an infinite number of universes, each with its own set of physical laws
and circumstances. To make sense of our perfect situation, it is said that we
just happen to be the one that worked among the infinite number of those that
didn’t, at least the same way. In this scenario all possible (or should I say
impossible) universes must exist. An infinite number, for us to have occurred.
This means much the same as the Many Worlds theory puts forth. In that case,
the timeline of your life is a constant selection of choices every instant, and
a constantly new number of “yous” follow every possible choice path; an endless
infinite branching of your timeline.
Now consider what this means, and what they say about this
which may sound ridiculous. Every scenario you can possibly think of exists in
one of these worlds. In one, you are Hitler. In another you are long dead, or
never been born. In another we never became human, and another we are gods.
Whatever. So you see, this doesn’t sound
sensible whatsoever, but the vast array of universes don’t care what we think
Now in one of these universes, there exists, beyond any doubt, a god, in fact God, if all possible
worlds exists. And this god is the God of all the timelines and all the
multiverses. And so God exists. And if theses theories are as foolish as they
sound, and wrong… what then? We are left with the conundrum that our set of circumstances
are too, in fact, impossibly balanced. What then?
Here’s what I think, lowly as my educational and
intellectual status might be. First of all, regarding infinite timelines and
free will: The past is recorded and done. It existed but is now a static record
that helped to establish the present. The future is potential, and its path,
though there are many possibles, is not yet established. The future is
potential, in the same regard as wave function in quantum mechanics. The
present is dynamic, and is the current state of the universe as determined by
the past state, and entropy and past choices. The present, along with the
current state of the universe, and flow of entropy, is also dynamic with an infinite
web of events and choices, which collapses the wave function and determines the
next instant of the state of the universe. It is like a rolling wave or a
turning wheel, where the present is where the wheel meets the ground.
And what of God? Well, personally, I think we have a
problem. What IS God? I feel we have not truly defined what we even mean. Oh,
we have this childish mythical figure we use in our minds, and that is
forgivable because the concept of God is really, by “definition” well beyond
our ability to comprehend. Here is what I think. In the old testament Moses ask
God his name. God’s reply is something akin to “I Am.” And thus you have it.
God Is existence. The Mystery buried in existence,
and there is nothing more difficult to understand then that.
Nice high ceilings, big open windows, country kitchen
chairs, and tables, wooden US flag on the wall, big preamble of the Constitution
on the wall under glass, a man with wife sitting below it, he with an NRA tee
shirt on. I want to tell him it’s not just his, it belongs to all of us! Glad
to see they have not edited out the part that says ‘to promote the general welfare’.
It belongs to and includes all of us, every one of us, even those you and I don’t
like or agree with. I enjoy the space, the country feel, but the coffee is
sub-par, and the hash browns tough and too crunchy and somehow flat. I’m
reading a chapter entitled ‘Paganism’ from ‘Holy The Firm’ by Annie Dillard.
Trains have been passing by. Now sitting out front on a porch bench writing,
country songs suddenly switch to ‘Mary Jane’s Last Dance’. When I paid my bill there
was a stack of US Constitution booklets on the counter (the kind those
so-called militia men were carrying around at the Malheur National Wildlife
Refuge), free for the taking. That’s fine. It’s the “Mine not yours” attitude I
object to! Just like their so called version of Christianity. When you walk
into someplace like this I love the country-friendly attitude you have here,
but I fit in with my blue jeans and red ball cap. I worry that they’ve lost
their soul, their Christianity has lost it’s soul, their country-friendly
attitude has lost it’s soul once the “other” walks in, or I tell them I voted
for Obama twice and love him, or that I read Annie Dillard.
Am I being unfair? Am I prejudging, judgmental? I hope so, I
hope it’s just me, but I’ve been to the town of Connell, Wa. I’ve seen this
In the golden afternoon, and in a fresh breeze, the Zio ran with the Nightwind, as companions will, side by side, keeping pace, out to live life’s pleasures of the moment. The airs spoke of a quietness, the simple splash of bow wake, the light singing of the zephyrs in the rigging, it was a time of joy of simply being.
In the distance cumulous clouds boiled up as high towers in the sky, billowy and bright. Below them the sea turned a steely gray, and around and behind where singular clouds of pinks and orange. And we …we were off, racing to nowhere, racing towards Eden.
I lay content in my state, against the wheelhouse boards, watching those distant cumulous clouds boil, thinking of what it would be like to live in those celestial chiefdoms, where mists do battle with turbulence, whose castle walls are ever changing. Heaven there or heaven here; what difference. Perhaps they should be viewed as sails, high riggings, with mainsails and spinnakers, …ships of state, a’ sail on higher seas then ours, and with perhaps a greater purpose. A fleet on the way, guided by a different compass rose, manned by a heavenly host.
Perhaps so. But if they peer down on us from their coign of vantage, surely they must think …”Oh, what a lovely sight! Man’s vessels under sail, enjoying such a fine afternoon. Look how they lay against the breezes, side by side, keeping pace. Companions. Lovers. Caressing life’s gift. Surely it must be The Zio and The Nightwind, together again. The most lovely of all Man’s ships.”
And so it surely is. And so it is. ~EraSeek
When I have grown old and body weary,
When mind and eyes are fading
And all my pleasures are past me,
When I breathe slow and heavy,
And my last steps are near,
Do this for me!
Take me to a grand trailhead!
One that I have loved or know not yet!
Replace my cane with a long and light ice axe,
Allow me a kiss and hug,
And prove your love for me!
Set me on my way!
Allow me my last freedom!
Chain me not to this society's answer
Of relinquished responsibility:
Sentenced to a bed I do not know!
Allow me my last breath among beauty!
No matter how harsh!
Of mountain and stream,
River and blizzard.
And wind so strong I know it is God's own breath!
I release you your responsibilities,
Save this one:
Set me free on my final day!