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Friday, August 13, 2010

Spider's Universe


Before I begin, big ups to Azazel for publicising our personal blogs in his last post. He had me singing, I dey feel like p-square oh , bcos u promote me. We all know dude got a talent for PR. And thanks to my fellow contributors for having such awesome blogs. I had fun reading them all of yesterday.
Anyhow, yall know that we have all kinds in this blog: atheists, deists, xtians, muslims, and people with all kinds of ideological leanings which makes it awesome bcos we're always advocating one view or another and making all kinds of sense. Well, today, Im sharing a story.
Ur an anthropologist, and one day, u happen upon a spider, chilling on its web. Think about that spider, its web attached to a corner of a tree. Its universe begins and end, on that web. Her senses do not extend beyond the lines and spokes of the great wheel she inhabits. Her claws could feel every vibration throughout that delicate structure. She knows the tug of wind, the fall of rain, the flutter of a trapped moth's wings. She knows what threads to follow when her web lands a prey.
Now, you take a pencil, and gently touch a strand of web. Immediately there is a response. The web, plucked by a menacing intruder, begins to vibrate rapidly until it is a blur. Anything that brushes wing or claw against that amazing snare would be trapped. As the vibrations slow, u can see the spider fingering her guidelines for signs of struggle. The pencil point was an intrusion into its universe for which no precedent existed. It could not be explained. It could not analyse it. The spider was circumscribed by spider ideas, its universe was spider universe. nothing in its make up, its build, its abilities equipped it for sensing stimuli that extend beyond the boundary of its little cosmos. All outside forces were irrational, extraneous, disobeying every law of spider universe. Do you know what that means? It means in the spider's universe, you dont exist.

This story is dedicated to all who at one time or another, have asked me why God wont show himself if He exists. It is an attempt (key word ATTEMPT) to explain to u how it is possible for God to exist and yet u wont know him. When the Bible says "the mind of flesh cannot see God" it may well be as much a scientific fact as it is a religious statement.
The above is a theory. Ur free to poke holes in it as u see fit, u have my permission. (like u guys werent going to do that anyway.)
Peace out

EL - DIVINE

12 comments:

Azazel said...

Lol I loved this el divine, nice analogy. But again is the spider only aware of insects or could it be aware of other animals? Owl? Bat? Etc?

El-Divine said...

it is aware only of things that fall within the scope of its web. spiders, despite their eight eyes, happen to have very poor vision.
so owl, bat, etc...hm, not very likely

Vanity said...

I will read this again when I'm not drunk

Azazel said...

lol so then could their ignorance not be attributed to their poor eyesight? Afterall if they can't see well, then that is obviously a personal problem

El-Divine said...

ah, but that is the point exactly. they cannot analyse any information that goes beyond their ability to assimilate. so their senses tell them nothing of ur existence, effectively rendering u non-existent in their universe.
now, unless u subscribe to the school of tot that believes humans have limitless ability, u will agree that anything that goes beyond our ability to sense directly through our senses, or our faculties, is rendered non-existent to us, even tho, in the ultimate reality, they do exist.

2cute4u said...

First time here since you changed the template so I'd just say, I like it.. Even though I don't like your blog description, well,I sorta like it to..
Was here, read your post ...
I'd just say...
Hmmmmm.

Miss Natural said...

Nice one...I really cannot fault the analogy. at least not yet. Sometimes its simple stuff like this that helps pple to get it...it being whatever lol

ZeL said...

The spider may not be totally unaware. He may just be unable to reach out?

Did I just make sense? c

凡柯柯豐柯柯柯 said...

人生匆匆-把握當下,支持鼓勵~事事如意~..................................................

Realist said...

yea but was the spider brought up to believe it was made in our image? Are there some spiders that KNOW of us? like there are some of us who "KNOW" God...

lol... nice analogy though, i just needed to poke holes in it

El-Divine said...

@missnatural..thanks.and true. sometimes the simple things make the most sense.
@Zel, yea u did. there is some awareness, no doubt.
@realist, my aim is just to show that there could be a valid reason that we cant see God even tho he exists. the rest of ur questions go beyond the scope of my analogy.

one peculiar thing tho, to those who claim to see God is that they all claim to be indwelled by a divine presence that lends them a nature beyond that of ordinary man. maybe, just maybe, their claim makes sense. true or false, it makes sense.

The Messiah said...

I wouldn't use this analogy for God, I'd rather use it for space exlporation. Knowing we humans can only see so far into distant galaxies that unless anything falls on our web of proximal space, we tend to not know of it's existence. In psychology, it's called object permanence. But this has nothing to do with God. Infact, its rather flawed, considering the fact that I can use this same analogy for Santa, elves and unicorns.