Since mankind was created and on this Earth, the “Big Search” for knowledge, truth and understanding has been going on. What is out there? What is beyond that tree or around that turn? I see something in the distance, but what is it and what is beyond it? Man has always asked important questions.
Sailors wondered, is the world flat? If I sail too far, will I sail off the edge? Mountaineers have wondered, what is it like on the top of that mountain? Can I make it to the top? What is on the other side of the mountain? Adam and Eve wondered what would happen if they ate the apple from the forbidden tree; what if they ignored God’s instructions? What would they know if they had all the knowledge of good and evil?
Mythology is filled with the inventions and explanations for what mankind saw around them. Stories such as, “someone” had to create the world: The Egyptians thought “Ra” created the world; so they made him the sun god with the head of a falcon who commanded the sky, the Earth and the underworld. The Greeks thought “Hades”, the shadowy lord of the underworld, the god of death because even death depends on life…nothing can continue without it. The Greeks also thought the original creator of mankind was “Prometheus” (a Titan, a race of giants), that he fashioned the first man in the image of the gods, using clay and water taken from Panopeus in Phocis (central Greece). Since creation was all a general mystery, it was simple for a philosopher or ruler to rise up with charisma, exhibit power over the common folk, and show that they alone had all the answers. The people didn’t understand what they saw or heard; they didn’t understand the questions being asked so they had no choice but to buy into the answers being given.
As it turns out, people do have the thirst for the Big Search. Though, we see through a glass darkly. We see partial truths, and we distort our view by prejudice and laziness. Throughout history philosophers, poets, architects, artists, musicians, and writers have sensed much more energy “out there” and a common tie to each other. The German word, “zeitgeist”, meaning roughly, “the spirit of the time”, implies there are certain ideas in the air at certain times (“Reading the Mind of God”, page 31). These “ideas”, or “energy”, can be seen manifested in every human endeavor; such as art, music, literature and even in science. It is all about the Big Search for what is out there.