When I picked up my 10-year old son from his religious class, a few days back, he wanted to ask me about God and Dinosaur. At first I thought my son was joking. But then when I saw his innocent and bewildered eyes, I realized he was serious.
So I said, “Okay, what’s the question.”
My son quickly asked, “Daddy, who came first: God or Dino?”
What the Heck?! That was the most baffling question I ever heard from a child. To my astonishment, I scrambled for an answer relevant to his religious subject.
After a deep breath I answered him back, “Of course God first. He created Dinosaurs.”
Then he argued, “But daddy, God created universe just a few thousand years back, whereas Dino existed million years ago.”
I thought, “Serious indeed!”
So for the next hour, we discussed both the mystery of Creation and the basic principle of Evolution. Luckily, I read something back in the old days. Thanks, Comic Books!
But what is it really – The 7-Day Creation or The Billion Years of Evolution?
Don’t ask me. All I know, Facts and Myths have been long intertwined in our life providing myriad colors and flavors to our existence. The key here is the word “Believe.” As long as you fully believe on something, whether it is a Fact or a Myth, it is as real as yourself.
So if you believe on Creation, even though you don’t have other proof but your Holy Book, that is your reality. It is absolutely a Fact for you, no matter what the Science says.
By the same token, if you believe on Evolution, considered by Science as Fact, that is your world of reality. You would definitely dismiss any notion based on heresy.
The good thing is both ideas can coexist as part of the great tapestry of life. This is the reason why for centuries people, despite of different understanding, still live and will forever live as one humanity.
And the bad thing is if both parties would shove down their ideas to each other’s throat. It will prove nothing but ignorance and stupidity.
Take this short “Turtle” story taken from Stephen Hawking’s book “A Brief History of Time”
A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy.
At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: “What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.”
The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, “What is the tortoise standing on?”
“You’re very clever, young man, very clever”, said the old lady. “But it’s turtles all the way down!”
Okay folks, whatever you believe in, whether it’s a Fact or Myth, Creation or Evolution, just make sure you live your life to the fullest.
Ooohhh yes, please enjoy the beauty of the Turtle… oops, I mean Colorful Life.