Seems everywhere you look, on the Internet and off, people are discussing beginnings. More than discussing, they are debating, arguing, and calling each other names about how these beginnings took place. These beginnings are the Universe, the Earth, and Life. There are three favorite theories: creation, intelligent design, and the big band with evolution. There are also some minor theories such as “aliens from outer space” started it all, and that we came from within the world. Crawled out of the ground.
Since these beginnings took place from a few thousand years ago to billions of years ago, no one living today was alive to witness this phenomenon. Not having any witnesses we are forced to rely on such things as the written word, our logical creative thinking, and bits of bone fossils dug from the earth.
As for the written word, no consenses has been formed to who wrote those words, some say God and others say man. Logical creative thinking might give us a good idea of what happened, but we can’t be sure. Fossilized remains seem to be a good choice, however, the fossil remains can’t talk, so opinions must be made about what the remains mean. Sometimes these opinions can really get out-of-hand. There is the case of “Nebraska Man.” A tooth was discovered, and from this mole-hill of a tooth a mountain of an “ancient ancester” was constructed. Yes, one tooth was used to build an entire species of primitive man, complete with illustrations of him and his family. But the tooth, it turned out, belonged to a pig. Now anyone can make a mistake, no fault there. But turning a tooth into a full-blown ancestor is a bit much. Since full fossil skeletons are very rare it makes me wonder about the rest of our “ancestors.”
Now there may be a solution to this dilemma. Since there is no way to know, or to find out, exactly how the beginnings began, we could declare each of the three main beliefs to be accurate. In this manner all sides could claim victory and the bickering could be quieted.
Just think of the time, money, and energy that could be saved if this problem were solved. We could channel that energy, and money into lighting candles in our gloomy economy. We could feed more hungry people, and provide more clothes and shelters for those homeless. We could even provide health care and education for those without these necessities. It is a matter of priorities.
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