I’m cheating on this one.
Wren requested that I write a story about a seed. It just so happens that I had one sitting in my great library of unpublished works. It is not, I am quite sure, at all what she expected. Yes, it deals with seeds and gardens, but only as analogies.
This story, as might be guessed from the title, deals with religious issues. Most particularly, it was an attempt to answer the question of why God would let so much evil occur in the world. It also comes up with viable reasons behind God’s behaviors in the Bible without pulling out the “mysterious ways” doctrine. It is one of the few stories that I tried to get published, alas unsuccessfully.
All this in about 2000 words. Sounds like a good deal to me. 🙂
Before the time of the Creation, there was God.
And God was the All. And God was the Only.
He existed. Not much else could be said. Before the Creation, there was no firmament. There was no Garden. There was no Seed. There was God. And God was the All, and God was the Only.
And God looked about Him, and saw Himself, and nothing else.
And yet, while God did not know expectation, He felt a sense lack of satisfaction and fulfillment.
And God saw the lack, and said that it was not good.
And, verily, God was the Bored.
Yet God did not know it as boredom. And yet it could only be described as boredom. Boredom implies expectation–a suggestion that perhaps things could be different. This was a concept did not–could not–exist. God was the All. God was the Only. So God expected nothing.
Yet, verily, it was a boredom that existed on an unimaginable scale. It existed on a scale beyond that which could be understood by humanity.
And God was All-Powerful. But God was the Only. There was nothing around to be all-powerful with. So, being All-Powerful was kind of pointless.
And God was All-Knowing. But God was the All, and there existed nothing else. So God was All-Knowing only about God. And God knew only Himself, and to Himself, He was obvious. So, being All-Knowing was kind of useless.
And God had existed forever, in a time before time had been invented.
And God was immortal, and would thus exist forevermore in the same state of dissatisfaction.
And, lo, the Boredom became Great. And, verily, the Great Boredom pressed upon His holy presence. And, not knowing expectation, it appeared certain that the Great Boredom, too, would exist forevermore.
And God felt that this was not good.
And, thus, it came to pass that God became discouraged. Pressed by the Great Boredom, just for the ducks of it, He briefly caused His own nonexistence. This failed to satisfy Him much either, so He brought Himself back shortly thereafter.
And God pressed on through His nonexistent time. He waited as though He were waiting for something Great to pass. God, however, knew that, because of being the All and the Only, that, if anything Great were going to happen, He would have to be the One to do it.
And, lo, it came to pass that He had an Idea!
God contemplated creating Something Else. He contemplated creating something largish, and perhaps something that He would find esthetically pleasing.
Alas, He eventually dismissed this idea as pointless. Since He would know His Creation perfectly, He would know its every action. He would know its complete history even before He created it. Why, then, bother? What difference would it make, philosophically speaking, in the long run?
And, for God, all He really had was the long run.
And thus the Great Boredom pressed even more upon His holy presence.
And, lo, it came to pass that God had a Much Better Idea!
What God needed, He decided, was a Challenge. He needed something He would not know the outcome of in advance.
Being All-Knowing, He knew that to do this would involve creating a paradox, but, being, as He felt, All-Wise as well, He decided that He could live with this without any deep emotional traumas.
And for this Challenge, He decided that He would create companionship for Himself.
To achieve true companionship, He would need to create something just as, if not more, unpredictable than Himself. Better yet, it would have His level of omniscience and omnipotence. An exact duplicate of Himself would never do, of course. That would just result in two of Him being just as bored as one. He could see no point in talking to Someone when You already knew everything that Someone would ever have to say.
To not be bored with these new beings made after His kind, God decided that they would have to evolve independently of Himself, without His guidance.
He would have to be unable to predict exactly how this evolution would take place.
Tricky to do, being All-Knowing and all, but, also because of being All-Knowing, He thought of a way to do it.
He would create and extremely large thing. It would be so complicated that the tiniest change in any portion of it could affect the actions of the whole. Being All-Knowing, He could of course foresee all the changes that would occur from the initial change. But because this new thing would be so large and so complex, it would take Him just as long to figure it out as it would take to happen in the reality of time.
And thus did God create the Great Seed.
And the Great Seed was Perfection. For from this Seed would grow another All-Powerful Being. He Knew it to be so. The Great Seed contained so much energy, and would grow so large so quickly, that He would not be able to see how this new Being would come to be. He could not foresee what events would take place to create the Being. He could not foresee the shape the Seed would need to form to create the Being.
And the Great Seed would need no tending. It was Perfection. It would grow completely independently of God Himself. All He Knew was that from the Seed another All-Powerful Being would eventually emerge.
And God saw the Great Seed, and said it was good.
And, so as God willed it, it was so.
And the Seed burst forth with all its Tremendous Energies. And the Seed grew to its Tremendous Size.
And God waited for the new Being to emerge.
And the Seed grew to an even more Tremendous Size.
And God waited for the new Being to emerge.
And the Seed grew to an even more Tremendous size yet.
And God waited for the new Being to emerge.
And the Seed was taking a very, very, very long time to grow.
And the Seed was taking a far longer time to grow than He expected.
And God saw the Seed grow, and said it was Good…
As He Knew that He had to expect the unexpected from the Seed, which was no longer a Seed.
And He called the entity that burst from the Great Seed the Garden.
And the Garden continued to grow, and God decided that it was Good.
And it came to pass that God watched the growing Garden with interest. He saw patterns emerge. He saw the Great Energies cool and take on solid forms. It was a thing of Great Beauty. And for God it was a thing of Great Interest, for it was the only entity other than God that existed.
And God studied the Garden, and He saw how each part affected the whole, and He saw how on the tiniest levels the energies performed randomly, and yet within patterns.
And time continued to pass. And God continued to watch.
And it came to pass that within one small place within the Garden, the patterns of energies became more complex.
And it came to pass that the complex patterns of energies would begin to copy themselves.
And God saw these patterns, and God said it was great!
And time continued to pass. And the patterns of energies made a lot of copies of themselves. And nothing else seemed to be happening.
So God decided to Tend the Garden. He caused some of the patterns of energies to take on even greater complexities.
And the greater patterns grew fruitful and multiplied.
But the Great Balance of the Garden had been disturbed, and the greater patterns did not yet fit into the balance.
And it came to pass that all of the greater patterns stopped copying themselves. And it came to pass that even the smaller patterns stopped reproducing. And then all of the complex patterns disappeared.
And God was Disappointed.
And time continued.
And it came to pass that in another place within the Garden, the patterns of energies did become complex, and that the complex patterns of energies did again copy themselves.
And this time, God remained patient, and did not Tend the Garden.
And time continued to pass that the patterns again grew fruitful and multiplied.
And time continued to pass.
And then, when the Balance was right, the smaller patterns formed more complex patterns. And the more complex patterns formed even more complex patterns.
And God saw that soon there were plants within the seas, and soon the plants began to survive upon the dry earth.
And God saw that soon there were fishes within the seas, and soon there were great fishes, and soon the fishes crawled out from the sea onto the dry earth and began to consume the plants.
And God continued to watch. And the fishes became animals and no longer need to survive in the sea. And the animals became larger and more complex.
And it came to pass that one of the animals began evolved a sense of self. And it began to study the world around it with interest.
And God became Excited. He decided to Tend the Garden, but He decided to be subtle, and He gave these animals greater challenges.
And, verily, the animals became even more intelligent.
But, again, the Great Balance had been disturbed. And each part of the Garden affected each other part. And with the Garden out of Balance it came to pass that a great stone fell from the sky, and all of the greatest of the animals died, including the more intelligent ones.
And God was again Disappointed.
But not all of life died this time, and God continued to watch.
The spirit of God moved upon the face of the seas and the earth, but it only watched.
And again it came to pass that one of the animals began to form a sense of self. And this animal began to study the world around it with interest.
And this time, God did not Tend the Garden.
And soon the animals sense of self became more complete. And He called them Human, and He said that they were Good.
And the Humans began to wonder about the world around them, and they imagined gods who created it all, and they did worship these gods.
And it came to pass that when other Humans did not worship the same gods, that they would fight amongst each other. And many would die.
And God saw that this was not good.
So God chose some of the Humans, and said unto them, “I am the Lord Thy God. There shall be no other gods before me.” He did this so that this one group would know the Truth, and thus the Truth would spread, and soon all the world would stop fighting and killing each other.
But, again, the Great Balance was disturbed, and the fighting did not stop, but became more intense. And His chosen people became a center of the disturbance, and they both persecuted others and were persecuted themselves.
And God decided that He really didn’t have a clue as to what these Humans were doing.
And so God decided to learn, and God became one of them and walked among them.
And God felt their pain.
And God felt their love.
And God felt their suffering.
And God felt that He finally understood, and He preached peace, and He preached tolerance, and He preached love.
And He preached it with such intensity, and He felt it so deeply, that He let Himself be killed, to let the people know how strongly He felt about peace and tolerance and love.
But, alas, again the Great Balance was disturbed.
And His Chosen People became more persecuted than ever. And then His people came into power themselves, and most did not preach peace and tolerance and love. They persecuted and tortured and killed all that did not believe as they believed. And then, even His chosen people divided, and began to persecute and torture and kill themselves for the smallest differences in their beliefs.
And God, having learned to love, also learned to feel sadness.
And God wept, for He had truly learned to loved the people.
And God watched with great distress all the pain in the world. But God had learned the Great Lesson. God had learned that when He created the Garden to operate independent of Himself, that God Himself could never be part of the Garden.
And God learned that He must never Tend the Garden, for to do so would only disturb the Great Balance He Himself had created. For, whatever He did, no matter how small, no matter how well intentioned, would end in far greater pain and disharmony and death.
And God was All-Powerful. And God was All-Knowing.
But only then did God realize that He was not, nor had He ever been, All-Wise.
For wisdom can only be grown from experience.
And God had never before experienced being God.
And God passed the Great Judgment on Himself, and vowed that He would never–COULD never–again Tend the Garden.
And so God watched, with folded hands, and prayed to Himself that He had not caused too much disharmony, and that the people would not destroy themselves as the result of His disturbance of the Great Balance.
And this is how it is.
And this is how it ever shall be.