Humans have always pushed themselves to know things that were previously hidden, and to see and understand things as they really are, however some puzzles are uncrackable. Ancient people say that the Cosmic Egg fell to earth and was warmed by the sun. As the shell cracked open life-renewing waters rushed in. Giving birth to the creation myths in many cultures and connecting every human to the cosmos. The Egg was incorporated as a sacred sign in almost every society on the earth, and it was revered for its form and its inner mystery. Vedic mythology describes the egg as the golden fetus. Egyptians say sun god Ra sprang from the primordial egg. The Greeks say that Cronus (Time) and Nyx (Night) were formed. Philo of Byblos said this produced the Egyptian Thoth. Taoist monks said that primeval hermaphroditic giant named Pangu came out. Pangu separated chaos into the many opposites of the yin and the yang, into creation itself. The fish-goddess Atargatis brought a great egg of wondrous size down from heaven. This egg fell into the Euphrates River and Semiramis was miraculously hatched.
It is believed that humans have a soul and that this greater consciousness was derived from the focal point within the cosmic egg. Sometimes the cosmic egg is shown with a serpent entwined around it, and many say that this represents DNA structure, the symbol of humanity itself. It is also said that fragments of the shell formed the mountains and continents.
Current cosmological models compare the Big Bang with the cosmic egg. This began as an idea to explain the expansion of the observable universe. In 1848, it was proposed by the American poet Edgar Allan Poe. Poe wrote Eureka, the concept of a “day without yesterday”. Einstein made some errors in his algebra in his General Theory of Relativity which eliminated the chance of a Creation. In 1927, Roman Catholic priest Georges Lemaître solved the gravitational field equations of Einstein’s General Relativity theory for the Universe and he developed the idea of the Universe having a unique origin at some past moment of time. Eventually his theory changed from a Cosmic Egg to a singularity of zero dimensions with the Universe smoothly expanding out of it. Hubble published his findings in 1929 and he was given the credit for the discovery of an expanding universe. Pope Pius XII declared that the big bang theory does not conflict with the Roman Catholic concept of creation.
God made his own egg and hatched himself out like a Phoenix rising out of the ashes to create the world from nothing. Scientists have determined that the universe is expanding and they expect that it will eventually dissipate all its energy and die a cold, lonely death, in fragments. Scientists still question where the dense egg of mass came from and what was it doing while it was waiting to be scrambled? If there was really a beginning, a first event without a cause, then how was the universe made from nothing? Did the cosmic egg come from a cosmic chicken? If the speed of light is the fastest thing in the universe, how did the darkness get there first?
Some people feel that the whole world is an egg and that everyone becomes their own cosmic egg, as this is your life as you know it. Sometimes things happen that disrupt and even overwhelm us and then we need to draw on our inner strength to navigate these times of turbulence. It is possible for humanity to evolve from surviving to thriving. With this in mind and with what Friedrich Nietzsche said, “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger”, I will participate in Fandango’s Provocative Question 20 for today which is, “Does hardship really make a person stronger? If you think so, under what conditions and at what point is it too much hardship? If you don’t buy that hardship makes a person stronger, what do you think does make a person stronger?”
It is a good thing that Fandango doesn’t impose a word count limit, as this tends to fit my rambling style better. I feel that hardship will not only make a person stronger, but it will also make them wiser. If you are allowed to skate through life, not having a care in a la-di-da world, your brain becomes lethargic. Where would Helen Keller be if Annie Sullivan never helped her to make a connection with the word water by using her fingers, her world would never have transformed so she could communicate. If you are born rich and beautiful, can you just lay around in bed the whole day and not do anything? If you don’t have a dream, you might be always skating on thin ice.
The German philosopher Nietzsche was right as post-traumatic growth PTG is positive change experienced as a result of the struggle with a major life crisis or a traumatic event. PTG is a positive psychological change experienced as a result of adversity and other challenges in order to rise to a higher level of functioning. In life it is inevitable that bad things are going to happen to all of us, we will all end up with failures which wound us and leave scars. If we are lucky, these hardships can make us stronger because of them. The important thing is to heal and bounce back once you have recovered. People can reap benefits from their adversity, as trauma can help people become more accepting of their vulnerabilities and limitations. This is probably a good time for that Clint Eastwood quote, “A man must know his limitations.”
Nietzsche said that God is dead and he blames the desecration of modern religion for its attempt to stamp out paganism and idolatry, because religion became over-absorbed with the idea of one God, which he said placed all of our cosmic eggs in one monotheistic basket. Nietzsche claimed that we are not only without God, but we are also without any reasonable substitute for God and because of this people lack moral purpose.
I imagine that just about every person may come to a point where they feel that life has dealt them too much personal hardship. This is evidenced in the news lately with a string of suicides that have been blamed on survivors guilt. Survivors guilt is a mental condition that occurs when a person believes they have done something wrong by surviving a traumatic event when others did not, often feeling self-guilt. Forgiveness can free you from anger and every human being must learn how to let go of their past, so they can move through the present and head toward the future. Forgiveness is a process, it may not happen overnight and the process will be different for everyone. Sometimes you just have to rip the bandage off, or crack the egg open.
Written for Fandango’s Provocative Question 20.