Tuesday, January 22, 2008
More Thoughts About "Sunshine"
Danny Boyle's "Sunshine" suggests much to the philosophical mind.
Does God= Sun?
Don't laugh at Danny and dismiss, 97% percentile of humanity who "believes" in a "God" but is sufficiently aware that the sun is just one of many brightly burning balls in the heavens.
On the very literal, scientific sense, our Sun is indeed the Creator of our Earth and Life, our Light. Its absence is our darkness. Religions sprang from the simple observation that the Sun is all to Earth, and without it we die. What propitiated life on this planet was the interaction of sunlight with that primordial soup. When you eat what you are doing is basically gathering solar energy through a series of filters. The most ancient of human myths spring from the understanding that the Sun makes trees grow and flowers blossom and it feeds animals and it causes rain it and gives us vision and warms us, and when the sun goes away the Earth dies and all is dark and cold and DEAD. Then there are all our encoded RESURRECTION myths, Springtime, Proserpine, Osiris, Dyonisus, Jesus, weather patterns, ice ages and global warming.
All thanks to the Sun.
Our theologies sprang from that. LET THERE BE LIGHT!
So, yes, the Sun could very well be our God.
But... one has to admit that:
a) The Sun is a big DUMB BALL OF FIRE
b) The mystic in me is not awed enough... I can believe the sun inspired our limbs to crawl, our cities to be drawn to water, the sun could have baked the human clay and all... But it's hard to believe that the Sun also make us build dark eyeglasses so I could stare up at it and gaze in wonder and THINK AND FEEL AWE and say something like:
"I am consumed in thy heat, but thou art not the God I seek."
In other words, I'm still looking.
I think the Sun is AN INSTRUMENT, just like EVOLUTION is a PROCESS.
Aaah, and my kind of God smiles behind all the machine works.
I must be some kind of Deist or something. I think me and Benjamin Franklin would get along just fine.