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Genesis 24- 26: bring forth the living creature… 

And so the author of all this creates something through words. Whatever was happening before this act of creation I cannot know, but I will assume that it was insufficient for some reason beyond my ken. God had a need to create. This does not necessarily represent a lack of anything, simply an urge away from stasis. If all thought is a unique act in potentia and all individuals persist uniquely within countless moments of stressors and pleasures through mentally remediating existence to embrace the next new thing, then all thoughts, whether they lead to an action or another thought, are acts of creation. As if from our thoughts bloom endless examples of Plato’s ideal, we think therefore we create. Of all unique entities in the bible, God is the original. It is from the divine thought become word become form or action that art is born. Art represents the ideal expression of wonder/angst (which are the same things with differing emotive consequences), or the straining toward such, so all thought is art/creation. The inspiration with which the moving spirit imbued humanity is the art of creation as a mental activity. At the highest level of Bloom’s taxonomy of Learning sits creation/ prediction/ decision (all the same family). Just as at the top of Maslow’s hierarchy of Needs is self-realization or enlightenment. Between the binaries lies the relationship. The highest goal of humanity’s need is the realization of creativity in some form. The creative act defines enlightenment. God brought enlightenment through creation. It was damn good. The drama of the universe, involving all the genres of Art and all the fields of Science, is the single greatest expression of angst/wonder ever exhibited. It continues on a minute scale with macro effects expanding, contracting, eating of itself for its name sake. And yet…

Somehow, some way, for some reason, expression is a social act as well as a solitary exploration. God required an audience. Enter humanity from the wing as players but also as audience interactive within the drama, struggling with the conflict and commenting upon the plot simultaneously, as the Greek chorus, as the warriors telling their kills during battle, as the person speaking out alone in a dark room, an audience and author and word in one, the three in one, the unity of a perfect system in flux and open to surprises or plotted to the nth degree out to infinity (though why do that kind of pre-plotting if there was an urge to create something new to begin with and the new was what made it interesting and new by definition carries an element of unpredictability?).

The authors of the bible and their minions of translators were made in the image of God to author and enlighten and self-realize and struggle mightily against the stasis which is primordial and for some reason insufficient to God. Why the “we” of Let us make man in our image? Again, I cannot know. Perhaps this is an artifact of unstable translation. Perhaps it reveals a society of Gods as in Blake’s view of an angry God cast out by a society of gods and spurned and moody and playfully duplicating the misery of the exile through the Edenic tale and all that would follow. In the current analysis, it seems irrelevant, the plurality, as there exists plurality within and among all signifieds and signifiers and connective tissue of utterance. What is divine in us is this urge to replicate/explore our condition through art, through creative business and legal actions and prayer and cooking and jokes and costumes for all occasions. Here the word (hear the word): There the act (Theirs the Act). From the burble of the baby to the silence of the skull we murmur our thoughts and listen for responses and wonder at it all.

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