I was at work today and as I do on many days, my mind started to wander as I completed yet another task that could have just as easily been completed by a robot with no awareness of its existence or concept of drudgery.
I had an idea, maybe novel, maybe not. I believe that authors and other inventors of new ideas should be content with “getting their stuff out there”, any monetary compensation received, and call it quits, no name on a book, no name on a album, no name on a patent.
Here for example, you are required to see my mugshot and learn that some literary super genius named Shawn came up with what may possibly be THE greatest thought of all time. Should I (now referred to as random contributor) be happy with the fact that eventually enough people will read this so I make a few bucks. Isn’t the excitement that I am a published writer (must remember to update resume with this important fact) be more than enough. I could still force people I know to go to some random page and wouldn’t they, having suffered their personal inadequacies while basking in my glory, automatically recognize my witty style? “Hey, maybe you really are Random Contributor.”
Think about it, the guy who actually invented the socket wrench wasn’t named Sears or Craftsman. Why do I have to know that that Dyson guy invented this or that vacuum cleaner. On a side note, do we really believe the Oreck guy invented his vacuum, after all I believe the Truman cell has been used on subs for some time, as implied by him in his infomercials, and probably wasn’t invented by him at all!
I can hear it, inventors and my fellow writers here are all screaming, “Yes, we want our names and credit for our creations.”
Okay, so if you deserve credit, why doesn’t God? All of a sudden giving appropriate credit is optional! “Well yea, ya see I don’t really believe in him so I’ll just go with little Stevie Hawkins (that what his elementary school teachers called him) and say that from out of nowhere, before time or thought or anything existed, gravity was spontaneously created and BOOM, from out of nothing and nowhere, life just happened.” Occams’ Razor people, as per Wikipedia “entities must not be multiplied beyond necessity” (entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem). The popular interpretation of this principal is that the simplest explanation is usually the correct one.”
I say that if these people want to deny one person (we’ll refer to God, Allah or whatever you prefer) the right to credit for their work, out of fairness, all persons must be denied credit for their work. “This years unnamed prize for Science for the discovery of the black hole goes to…(drum roll), NOBODY because it was randomly submitted by an unnamed person!” Everyone on Earth gets a little credit in the bank ($0.00003) because we’re all equally credited for “Little Stevies” work. “Jonas Salk…penicillin…never heard of ’em.”
We could say that this seasons episodes of Disperate Hausfraus was created spontaneously out of nowhere, starred nobody and is not actually carried on a specific network, as a matter of fact, it just spontaneously appeared on a TV in your living room despite you not owning a TV or a home! Maybe all television shows could be randomly doled out to nameless network. During commercials we’d see ads for beer that told us that “the one with the sort of medium blue label in the green bottle tasted great and was less filling.”
If we as humans expect, no demand, proper credit for our work and even go to such lengths as copyrighting and suing others for copyright infringement, why doesn’t God deserve the same?
I was reading some Kabbalah a few years back and remember an exercise. Close your eyes and imagine nothing…okay now describe it. Wait…black and empty are something, at a minimum black is the absence of light…empty implies three dimensional space…so take those away and describe it.
If you’ve actually devoted any time to trying to wrap your brain around the concept of nothing, go ahead and wipe the drool off your chin. Okay so this thing that the human mind cannot imagine was there, actually it was neither there or not there…out of this absolutely noting was created a law of gravity. Created by whom may I ask Little Stevie? Ask a scientist to describe and write out the law of gravity. I could be mistaken but the last I heard, there was a thing called a theory to describe it because as of today, science still can’t quite describe it. That’s why all these super bright people lock themselves in rooms and come up with string theory, M theory, etc.
Okay, so far we have option one, neither the presence or absence of nothing and spontaneously this theory forms that modern science is still struggling to accurately describe, gotcha. Option two says a benevolent extra-dimensional creature (God, Allah or your choice) decides they’ll create four dimensional space and children to inhabit said space and try to teach them something worthwhile, like how to play nice with each other.
Of course then there’s the whole, can’t see it, can’t touch it, can’t measure or quantify it argument. Hellen Keller couldn’t see, touch, feel or measure clouds, stars, the infinite vastness of space, yet they existed. We are under the false assumption that we are at the pinnacle of scientific achievement. Seems to me that I recently saw something about the Greeks and possibly even Egyptians performing successful brain surgery a few years back. Much has been lost.
Given the two choices doesn’t Occams Razor demand that there must have been a source for the invention of the laws of gravity? I’ll go with created by something over spontaneous nothingness any day of the week, at least until that new, yet to be conceived viewing device that will put an LCD Screen to shame spontaneously appears with something worth watching coming in over it.