THE FOLLOWING IS OBSOLETE
So, now that views have safely drifted down to zero, perhaps I should post something on this blog thing that I have. One of the things I am fiddling around with in my spare time is a dominant state religion for a cultural zone on a fictional world of mine. Most mythopoeic posts here will relate to this world (which has no name), though I do also sometimes toy with an alternate history of our own planet as well. At present, I’m focusing on one particular continent, which has around six ‘advanced’ cultures. Vajhoros is one of them. Here is the beginning of an account of their state religion:
The Foundation of Being
In determining the foundation of being, our guide must be the principle of emanation. One thing is said to emanate from another if it is dependent on it for existence – if were the first item not to exist (at any point in time or space) the second item could not exist, the second is an emanation of the first. A rock, for instance, is an emanation of matter – were matter not to exist, rocks could likewise not exist. An emanation at one or more removes is a devolution. Generally, devolutions are also emanations, but this is not always true. The absence of land is an emanation of land. A sea is an emanation of the absence of land. Yet the sea is only a devolution, not an emanation, of land.
Observation of the world divides it into two portions – those things that are emanations of matter, and those things that are emanations of will.
Introducing the concept of divided entities, we may say that one entity is divided from another when neither is an emanation of the other. If A is an emanation of B, and C is an emanation of D, then if A and C are divided entities, B and D must also be divided entities. Examining humans, we find a body and a spirit, each clearly independent of the other. Body is an emanation of matter, and spirit of will; therefore matter and will are divided entities.
If matter were will, or partly will, or comprised will, or permitted will, it would be an emanation of will; it is not. Ergo matter has the property of not being will. Likewise will is not matter. Matter is thus an emanation of the absence of will, and will of the absence of matter. The absence of will is an emanation of will and the same with matter and its absence; so matter and will are devolutions of each other. But they are also devolutions of absence. Absence is an emanation of substance and emptiness. Substance is an emanation of the universe – if the universe did not exist, there would be no substance. Emptiness, however, is not the emanation of anything – if nothing but emptiness existed, there would still be emptiness. Emptiness, then, is the thing that all other things emanate from. All things are ultimately devolutions of emptiness, and of emanation. Yet even emanation itself is devolved from emptiness – as all things depend on emptiness, there could be no emanation without it, as nothing would be left to emanate. Likewise, entities emanate from an infinite array of haecceities, which are themselves emanations of emptiness. The entire universe is dependent on nothing but, originates from nothing but, and is composed of nothing but emptiness.
Next time: Cosmology.