Genesis 2: 1-3: And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made

The seventh day is a time of rest or absence.

It is not now nor has ever been my intent to promote or deny any view of faith or religious interpretation but more simply to relish the possibilities of a text both profound in its historical implications and unstable as a result of the maze of linguistic generatives and receptors required for any form of communication including that with the self (which includes the perhaps non-linguistic biofeedback which is part and parcel of an awareness of self).

Is rest necessary? Does the Creator require regenerative time? Has the artistic/scientific/divine effort of the previous six days exhausted its Author? If so, is this exhaustion physical, psychological, spiritual, emotional or even the obvious combination of all or some? If we examine the concept of resting on living objects, then we can clearly see that resting and lack of activity are not at all the same thing. Resting appears in fact to be a required time for activities of revitalization on a chemical/biological level as well as psychological and emotional. It would only be logical that spiritually humans at least require time for a regeneration of spiritual energy in whatever form they perceive that concept (and I admit to having no idea what the flux of religious energy would entail and will not pursue that tangent here). As a reflection of the Creator, humans, because they require the restive interval as vital to ongoing maintenance of the system, demonstrate that God requires rest on some level. If God built resting into the universal code intended to reflect the Divinity, then resting must be part of God’s requirements. This is no insult to superhuman power because we can see that resting is in fact not exhaustion and weakness but rather avoidance of exhaustion and weakness through a process of regeneration cleverly written into the laws of life. As far as I know, that which is inert needs no rest (perhaps because resting—simply maintaining atomic function and identity without dynamism, or rather perhaps having gained the perfect state of rest free of the entropic chaos motion—at this inert level is sufficient unto itself unless there exists some awareness of self to inert objects which humanity has yet to recognize and, if found, would have to be addressed as far as its influence on systems). But life consumes and creates as if on a sine wave and like the graphic representation of that wave, at some point the wave is neither above nor below mid-line, at which point we may say it has attained, temporarily, rest. Again, we can see how the growth portion (for my purposes defined as the segment above mid-line) of the wave is defined by what it is not. The growth portion is not the decay portion (for my purposes defined as the segment below mid-line) and neither of those are the restive segment/point/moment. Between heartbeats there is death/rest. If rest continues eternally then rest loses its meaning because it loses that by which it is defined–activity– and leads by extension to inert states which for living beings with awareness would be death. Carbon-based life may lose awareness and that occult object we call life, but microscopically and chemically/electrically activity will continue through decay/reabsorption/production—the composting of life forms. So this day of rest is a quandary when examined closely. This has left it, like so much else in the text, open to interpretation and politicization. So be it. Humanity is both gregarious and driven to exert influence on its surroundings. That is built into the system.

This seventh day may also be the Creator’s nod to the primal so far left out of the equation of creation. The darkness has been addressed by light. Water engorges life. The spirit inspires. But the void which pre-dates the big bang( the let there be)is somewhat unaddressed in all the activity of the previous six days. How can this glorious system of creation exist/sustain without definition? How can being be defined without its absence? Would the Art be at risk if it lacked identity? Could it persevere or would the previous six days have been but a wonderful, moving ice sculpture melting away with the first warm dawn? Does God introduce the day of rest, the day of absence of divine activity, to stabilize creation through incorporating absence, the primal void, into the woof and warp of the universe? In this God has designed a permanent identity for creation, one which can self-perpetuate because it can breathe, inhale and exhale as it were, because there is the mid-line of nothingness now in existence as the seventh day through which the essential breathing/flux may pass. Without the void, there can be only exhale to exhaustion and the inert. Without the void there can be only inhale to fulfillment and the inert. The void– the existence of a neutral state of growth– allows growth, allows motion, allows perpetuation of the divine system (and allows the grand Scientist that all important baseline by which to assess change).