G d created
the universe with purpose and design. However, in the process
of creation there was left over material, as in any precision
construction. Since G d is efficient this residual was an essential
part of the creative process. G d knew when she created the world
this residual would exist. G d's grand plan required its creation.
However, this residual was not going to be used after G d's universe-temple
was constructed. Since G d loves all that she creates, she did
not destroy this residual. Instead she collected all the residual
and squeezed, until it disappeared into a point of nothingness.
G d did this not out of hatred for the residual, but because
once created it was not part of her plans.
The residual, being
touched by G d, glowed with G d's creative spirit. The residual
exploded into a universe all its own. As it expanded and swirled,
the universe that we live in, including our bodies, was formed.
Many of us still can sense G d's presence. However, we are no
longer part of G d's grand plan- even though G d created us so
as to fulfill her grand purpose and build the universe-temple.
Now, since the divine
presence is still within us, we desire to express and emulate
G d's creativity. So, we go about using the natural world to
create things. And with this, we can imagine that a better, more
orderly universe is being created. At the same we are recreating
our history, through the residual, which we call garbage, we
create. Indeed, it is our way of finding purpose in life, without
losing sight of what we were.
This story helps to
explain the world we live in. It tells us how humans can believe
that there is a grand purpose to G d's creation (even if we do
not know it), while at the same time seeming to exist in a world
without purpose. How the big bang and genesis are both stories
of our creation. How humans believe that G d exists in a world
that can be understood as developing based on physical laws,
and, how we can believe in an omnipotent being, while appearing
to have free will.
It tells us why we
are so drawn to use resources to produce goods of fleeting value,
even as (or especially because) they immediately become garbage,
and why some people treat others as garbage, expecting them to
find joy being treated that way. It reminds us that divinity
is most highly expressed in loving that which no longer helps
fulfill our plans in life. It tells us the outcast of society,
for whom there is no place in the temple, can find the inspiration
to create their own holy place. A new world, without the god
of the old, only they will behold.
The garbage we dispose
of now, will become the creative spirit of our future selves.