(This is part 1/9 of the series, “Paradigms Lost”.)
“And worlds without number have I created; and I also created them for mine own purpose… Here is wisdom and it remaineth in me.”
E: Adam, it has been some time now that we have been dressing and keeping this garden of ours. So long, in fact, that I now struggle to recall more and more of the details regarding the lives we had before coming here.
A: I too can sense the veil growing thick, Eve, but I still retain a few bits and pieces, fleeting memories of time served and lessons learned under the careful guidance of our Forefathers and Elders. Alas, while these precious few fragments remain fairly vibrant in my heart and mind, I too have forgotten how they fit together or otherwise relate to one another. Hopefully your recollection has not faded to the point that you can remember nothing of those things they taught us?
E: Thankfully, no. While it is true that I have nearly forgotten everything our Elders taught us about this world, the principles by which we were taught to live remain curiously vivid and pristine within my mind. And yet, I cannot deny that certain questions irresistibly crowd in, finding refuge in the vacant spaces once held by high and noble doctrines: How did we get here? How did this world with everything in it come to be? For what purpose are we, along with everything else here? Do you have any memory of such things?
A: I do recall a handful of points regarding these matters, but any attempt at filling in the spaces between them would be as arbitrary as marking out the constellations in the heavens. What I do know is this: This world was not an accident but was deliberately organized as part of a great plan which was conceived and refined in the grand councils before this world was. I also know that this is not the only world which was created in this manner, for worlds without number, we were told, have also come and gone according to such deliberate planning. But as for this particular creation, I know that it was not entirely wrought instantaneously, but instead unfolded in a progressive manner over the course of various stages. I know that in these stages there was a time before life was to be found on this planet at all, after which the more simple forms of life were introduced and allowed to multiply and replenish the earth, followed, in turn, by the more complex forms. Most of all, I know that however this deliberate and intentional process was accomplished, it was good and according to that great plan.