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Chapter 1

 

A Day of life… 

 7,000,000,000 Days Ago = 1 Human

  

There was once only a formless nothing.  It wasn’t simply empty space as there was no existing space to be left devoid of matter.  Nor was it unending blackness, as the void lacked any concept of color or light, and without such concepts it could not be described as blackness.  It was a plane of existence that had yet to be called into being by God, and with the most effortless thought on His part, God created all the matter of the universe in an instant, causing it to collapse on itself.  With a second thought, the microscopic ball of matter exploded with a force the universe would never see again, flinging matter across the cosmos at incalculable speeds. The shattered elements needed to form in perfect alignment after being ejected from this timeless ball of energy. Spread across the unending universe, matter formed into the celestial bodies of the firmament, swirling to create galaxies, nebulae, stars, and planets.

As the shards of a universe’s birth began to coalesce into these stellar objects, God’s eye turned to one planet above all others, watching patiently as the fragments fell into the flawless mold required to sustain life.  All the swirling elements needed to retain perfect integrity to instantaneously mold cellular protoplasm into living tissue and mix gases in perfect ratio to become water and breathable air. As perfect as the design was, so also was its imperfection… subject to changing evolution and the effects of differences on a spinning sphere serving time within space. 

In that first moment, so many days ago, water was and continues to be the staple of all life. Though to us, water is taken for granted, in the beginning stages of this planet, the most intricate and critical combination of elements crashed together within this substance. This improbable moment in time witnessed the birth of life itself, starting as single celled organisms. Life-giving water nurtured chemical reactions of enzymes tasked with the construction of single celled organisms into living, breathing life-forms. Water fostered aquatic life and gave rise to the reign of plant life, which would become the first form of dominant life.  With the advent of life, God infused the constants of changing differences, conflict and struggles for survival, dominance by species and eventual dominance by few under the guise of leadership, imbalances with resource utilization, and cultural beliefs that acted like a pox on the lives of those destined to adhere blindly forever. Plant life dominated the landscape as it was essential to the formation and existence of other life as well as its own. As billions of days progressed, what could plant life make of this world? To them, the land lay flat, vast expanses of tall grasses lined the horizon fluttering to and fro in the warm meadow breeze, as if God had knelt down to brush back the wispy, playful hair of his newborn child Earth. Massive groves of trees sprouted forth from the ground, each climbing toward the eternal life-bearing sun seemingly desperate and determined to prove to its maker just how far it had come. Rivers darted through the land, carving out passageways for water to bring nourishment to its natural brothers in places where land was more isolated from the gigantic reservoirs of life-supporting water. As plants continued to grow in number and change in size and shape, they dominated the world – at home in the vast expanses of water and patches of flat land, humungous jungles grew with canopies sheltering the growth underneath. Vines hung like tresses, binding tree trunks in an endless web of connections, communicating with each other through the whispers of rustling leaves. 

From the beginning, plant life was inherent to differences and the ensuing battle between fragility and strength. Some were weeds, others trees – some grew faster, some grew higher, others lived longer – but the common denominator, as with all life, was inevitable death. However, the inevitable death of the plant served its eternal purpose in the cycle of life. In death, the plant was laid to rest in the same place in which it was born, leaving a legacy of carbons for the benefit of its mother Earth and generations of plants to come. Each death was a gift to future generations of plants, plants that would be stronger than the last.  The seeds of other life forms stood ready to sprout forth from the Earth, but their day of maturation was yet to come – patiently waiting for energy to work its charm emanating through space from Earth’s sun. The dawn of the animal kingdom crept closer, as the self-aware Human loomed formlessly in the shadows through the millennia – only a thought in the mind of God that had yet to find its shape. The plant growth was so prevalent that it was hard to differentiate between land and water. Regeneration slowed as the natural decay of plant life and recycling of carbons dwindled.

 

 

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