Really Old Bacteria and Our Short Lives

TemptressLast night I watched a show on PBS called Australia’s First Four Billion Years. I wasn’t going to watch it, but the introduction said that evidence of the beginnings of life on Earth still existed in Australia and I was curious. They reported that the earth was made from a fiery explosion, chunks of stars that came together through magnetic attraction. Back then, stuff from space collided regularly with the earth and it was an unsafe place for life.

The first life was bacteria born in shallow areas of the ocean; those very same microbes can be found in mushroom-shaped mounds in Australia today. After two long Ice Ages that froze the entire Earth for millions of years, something else was in the ocean: plant life and flat creatures vacuuming along the ocean floors in search of food. More creatures followed—I didn’t understand whether the trilobites evolved—and competition for food was born. Fossilized evidence of early sea creatures can still be found in very old rocks in Australia.

I sat here wondering: Some life forms have survived for billions of years and we humans get about 80 on average, after (maybe) 100,000 years? I always want to make sense of everything and this doesn’t make sense. The Bible refers to some people who lived for a thousand years and that’s amazing now, but we have to ask, ‘Why did we devolve to living less than a hundred years?’ Is it all the warring? We couldn’t stop pillaging and killing, so our DNA rewrote itself for shorter lifetimes? Does that make sense?

And where does God/Love come into this picture? If Edgar Cayce is right, we are angels who fell to Earth, creating unique bodies from thought-forms, bodies that lusted after each other, making the strange creatures we think of as myth. That is when God, Cayce says, created man, Adam, and woman, Lilith, from the earth, with bodies programmed for enlightenment: remembering where we came from, that we fell, and realizing God wants us home, as in at-one-ment.

But Adam insisted Lilith be subservient to him; she refused and left him to roam the world her way. Scary stories about her are still told in some parts of the world where people fear that Lilith comes after their newborns as payback because we are descendants of Eve—not her. Because Lilith, created equal to Adam, would not submit, God created Eve from one of Adam’s ribs so that she would submit and, well, we all know how that story progresses. I have to ask, Are women in general, at our core, so rebellious that we choose to throw off the balance between us and Higher Love? I cannot believe this is true–at least that it’s just females. We humans all like to stir up trouble in that area.

So, where do we humans go from here? There is a great movement in place toward peace and caring for one another, as we begin another 26,000 year cycle of time. How about we become one world, with seven billion friends? I’ll bet our life spans get much longer then.

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