“If we are to proceed in a logical and scientific manner, we must, in order to account for the whole universe, suppose an initial condition in which the whole universe was non-existent, and therefore a state of absolute nothing.
“But this is not the nothing of negation… The nothing of negation is the nothing of death, which comes second to, or after everything. But this pure zero is the nothing of not having been born. There is no individual thing, no compulsion, outward nor inward, no law. It is the germinal nothing, in which the whole universe is involved or foreshadowed. As such, it is absolutely undefined and unlimited in possibility– boundless possibility. There is no compulsion and no law. It is boundless freedom.
“Now the question arises, what necessarily resulted from that state of things? But the the only sane answer is that were freedom was boundless nothing in particular necessarily resulted.
“I say that nothing necessarily resulted from the Nothing of boundless freedom. That is, nothing according to deductive logic. But such is not the logic of freedom or possibility. The logic of freedom, or potentiality, is that it shall annul itself. For if it does not annul itself, it remains a completely idle and do-nothing potentiality; and a completely idle potentiality is annulled by its complete idleness.
~ Charles S. Pierce from Logic and the Reasoning of Things
This passage makes me think of God or the Creator sacrificing Its own ultimate freedom to set in motion the creation of the universe.
In this creation God was able to collapse and define Its potential into everything we see today. Ourselves, the earth, our solar system and surrounding planets, all the stars in the sky, all the rules that govern the movement and unfolding of things.
In choosing to sacrifice this ultimate freedom and potentiality, God has the opportunity to become something specific, something defined, and have a personal experience through each of us.
Just like Charles S. Pierce, man is not perfect. We have our faults and flaws, we have our propensities for ignorance and weakness. We do not represent the full perfection of God.
Though we do contain a tiny seed of this perfection, what we have more is the ability to learn and grow– the freedom to evolve.
God’s gift to us is the gift of existence, and our gift to God is personal experience and evolution.
It may not be the same ultimate freedom of absolute potential, but it is a certain degree of freedom of existence and growth.
Through God’s sacrifice of ultimate freedom we each get to experience personal freedom.
And together, with that tiny seed of God perfection within each of us, we can experience the miraculous gift of life, freedom, and evolution.
You are literally a part of what makes God, God. You are a part of God and God is a part of you. Do you believe?