One Small Step
In the beginning, there was timelessness, before the dawn of time, and man. There was no time in the beginning. In the ‘now’ there is no measurement of time.
On the sixth day, God made Man having already introduced the concept of time (allowing for Man’s finite mind). God took Man to the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. But God warned Man he may eat the fruit of every tree – except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Man became lonely and gardening became boring. God knew it’s not good for man to be alone, so God made Eve.
Man shouted out loud, “You beauty.”
“Um, no. My name’s Eve, actually.”
Later, a crafty serpent enticed Eve with a part of God’s truth. The woman repeated God’s command. The serpent replied, questioning God’s Word, and added a sweetener. She saw good food and ate the forbidden fruit… as did Man. Both wanted to be God; to have infinite knowledge and wisdom. They opened their eyes. They had fleetingly tasted Paradise, then lost it! They had lusted.
The Lord God called to Man, “Where are you?”
Man replied shakily, in the cool evening breeze among the trees, “W-w-we’re here but we’re not all there. We are both n-n-naked, are we b-b-busted?”
Sentenced to toil and pain they were done, not yet dusted. Can Man over time, be trusted? Man’s wisdom, at its highest, cannot define time. Yet, Man measured time by the sun until 1582, when it was found to be eleven minutes per annum overdue. A Man overthrew it, for the celebration of Easter. Copernicus and Galileo knew. Man had revolutionised Earth. Earth was so happy, it travelled around the Sun!
By 4909, the Gregorian calendar will be a day ahead. If Man could arrange a calendar to be a day behind on that day bright, he’d consider it as foresight.
The Doomsday Clock inches near midnight. And, Man’s softening phrase, Climate Change, sounds almost natural, not a dire warning. Yet, it’s one small step only to call it what it is – Global Warming.