We humans love telling and being told stories. Words can evoke vivid mental images and bring a riveting cast of archetypes out of our collective unconscious to the full center stage of our individual consciousness.
Throughout our recorded and/or spoken history, we’ve made up (and continue to create) some pretty intricate stories to try to make sense of It All. We've attempted to answer the basic questions that we feel must be answered in order for our existence to have some sort of meaning.
Who are we? Why are we here? What is the universe? How did it all get here?
The stories and mythologies that are central to most spiritual and religious traditions attempt to answer these questions. But the questions are metaphysically huge and the answers can only be guessed at since anything our marvelous-yet-limited brains can process and make sense of is based solely on what we have learned, experienced, or observed before.
We humans have also attempted to answer these same questions by looking through a set of various scientific lenses, but are also unlikely to come up with The Answer(s) by virtue of the above-mentioned limitations of the human brain.
This certainly doesn’t mean any of us should give up the uniquely human activity – and a really fun one at that – of trying to solve the puzzle of ourselves and the Universe that birthed us.
But let’s not take any of the stories and theories literally, particularly the ones that evoke fear, anxiety, and paranoia and interfere with our ability to live and love life simply and in the moment.
How many Doomsday tales -- enough already about 2012, the Apocalypse, the Rapture, the Ascension, magnetic pole reversal, errant asteroids, et al.! -- do you need dancing in your head as you try to drift off to sleep?