In our previous post we considered Pythagoras’ theory of Metempsychosis or the transmigration of the soul. This is based on the assumption that humans possess some sort of immortal spark which lives on after the physical shell is discarded.
As we have previously stated, humans and for that matter all life on this planet traversing the cosmos is made from star stuff when the morning stars sang at the creation. This cosmic explosion of atoms was embedded with this music of creation.
In the post The Songs of Distant Worlds we discussed the life songs of stars and planets. We are interconnected to a cosmic life stream which is always flowing with new currents of energy.
Eons ago the creation did not cease. The formation of new stars and planets is a continual cycle. Creation happens around and above us each second.
Life is exorbitant on this water world. Reproduction seems to be a natural process for all life forms.
If life is so plentiful on this one small orb hanging in immensity, how many other orbs are out there? What other life forms both primitive and advanced share our cosmic stream?
Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001 series tackles in a science fiction fashion a number of serious questions about human origins, evolution, advanced civilizations and the future of humans in a cosmic society. In many ways the first Star Trek film dealt with the Star Child concept.
A Voyager spacecraft falls into a black hole and is discovered by a planet of living machines. The machines reform and rebuild the Voyager into their image—V’ger. They send it to earth to find and reconnect with its Creator.
V’ger is not too impressed by the pesky carbon-based units. In the end it realizes that the carbon based units are needed for it to evolve.
Like his father before him Captain Willard Decker makes the ultimate sacrifice. He joins with V’ger to create a new life form which transcends the rational and taps into the mystical realms for which science has no explanations. It is beyond logic and human science.
As we gaze at the night sky we can faintly hear the whispers of immortality from the cosmic orchestra. Our embedded genome responds to the universal harmonies as we long to touch the unseen.
The beauty of the Star Child is that the being belongs to the planets and stars. Confinement in space and time is no longer a physical concern. For the Star Child is now part of the cosmos.
Do humans possess immortality? I would prefer to view immortality as a cosmic force which we do not innately possess.
In our next post we will travel back to the first century to visit with an educated Roman with a Hellenistic inclination. This man of letters and zeal would shape a new religious movement into his own image.
What is remarkable about this Roman citizen was his views on immortality in light of the religious dogma of the day and his own upbringing. Perhaps, the whispers of immortality on the road of life will become clearer after our visit.
G. D. Williams © 2013
Songs of Distant Worlds