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|Subject: What is a "Lifeform with an inconceivable age"? Sat May 05, 2012 12:36 pm|| |
There are the old, and then there are the truly old. People usually die within a century or so. Cities and nations may last a few millennia, and we think them old, but the truly old are so much older.
They were already old when all the nations we know were born, even those now vanished into history. They can speak of Ancient Athens and Babylon as casually as we might have yesterday, for to them those ancient cities are but recent memories. They were there when brick was first laid on brick, over five thousand years ago. They may have watched the trilobites come, and go, with eyes older than the stars. They may even be older than time itself.
Contemplating such immense spans of time is like looking into an abyss, an inducement to vertigo, for they are more than we can grasp. Oh, we can talk about them easily enough, just more big numbers, but we can't intuit them. We all know what a second or a week feels like; a million years is beyond all human experience. It is from this incomprehension that this trope draws its power, when done right, an evocation of incomprehensible age that appeals to our sense of wonder.
While a this is normally a person — perhaps not technically human, but a person nonetheless — objects can also qualify, everything from cities to coins. Imagine an alien monolith that has been sitting on the moon for three billion years. Think about all it has seen; the slow dance of the continents, the long march of evolution, the sudden flowering of civilization.
Five thousand years or so is a decent estimate of the MINIMUM age needed to qualify for this trope, comfortably older than Ancient Greece or China, but in Science Fiction a A lifeform with an inconceivable age will typically be far older than that. Geological time scales are usually involved. In modern-day works of a religious bent qualify.
The Best Example would be God Himself. For starters God makes most Cosmic Abominations look trival. I will try to describe how he works.
God is a Omnipotent (All knowing), omniscient (All seeing), an eternal living paradox who is beyond all reason and exists everywhere simultaneously at every point in space and time, God is the All-in-One and One-in-All, connected to all existence itself - in fact the very existence of existence
is nothing more than His handwave from absolute nothingness thus creating the universe for "who-knows-what-purpose", will never die and could likely
claim that it had been around since the dawn of eternity to the point where even with strange aeons even Death itself will die, and has existed before time
itself began and will exist long after the fabric of space and time itself has died yet He himself is not exactly bound by time, this is because God is literally the
beginning and the end of all things and thus has seen the beginning of history and will usher in the end of history as well, and on top of that He never changes and is the same yesterday, today, and forever despite changing his ideas every chapter and then, and... That's all i can think of.
If you think that's odd, age is foreign concept to God. He didn't have a beginning, He IS the beginning, the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last, He existed since the beginning, He presently exists, and Will always will exist, the Great I AM of history.
It gets even odder. Time itself is meaningless to God. He created time, if you want an easy analogy God is like the author of a book. At what point does an author exist in his book's - his universe's - internal timeline? He can turn to the first page, or to the last page. He can write scenes out of order, go back and forth, and generally follow no continuity or causality.
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|Subject: Re: What is a "Lifeform with an inconceivable age"? Sun May 06, 2012 11:57 am|| |
wow beautiful writing. I am printing this out to share with my Sunday school class. However a bit over their heads-but worth sharinf with them.
Zack i really think ou should start your own Blog. Your insight is remarkable
Definitely study philosophy of religion and law