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Friday, August 12, 2011

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Dear Doc: I have my own short variation on the creation myth, written eight or ten years ago. Perhaps I'll unearth it and send it in. It has made others laugh and you might like it as well.

You should read Mark Twain's letters to the Earth. Satan is banished by God to Earth for insulting God's creation. So, he writes a series of not very well veiled criticisms. Note how nice it would have been to read a creation story by Twain. (A quote from the essays from Wikipedia)

The Creator sat upon the throne, thinking. Behind him stretched the illimitable continent of heaven, steeped in a glory of light and color; before him rose the black night of Space, like a wall. His mighty bulk towered rugged and mountain-like into the zenith, and His divine head blazed there like a distant sun. At His feet stood three colossal figures, diminished to extinction, almost, by contrast -- archangels -- their heads level with His ankle-bone.

Oh, it is online.

http://www.sacred-texts.com/aor/twain/letearth.htm

...When the Creator had finished thinking, He said, "I have thought. Behold!"

He lifted His hand, and from it burst a fountain-spray of fire, a million stupendous suns, which clove the blackness and soared, away and away and away, diminishing in magnitude and intensity as they pierced the far frontiers of Space, until at last they were but as diamond nailheads sparkling under the domed vast roof of the universe.

At the end of an hour the Grand Council was dismissed.

They left the Presence impressed and thoughtful, and retired to a private place, where they might talk with freedom. None of the three seemed to want to begin, though all wanted somebody to do it. Each was burning to discuss the great event, but would prefer not to commit himself till he should know how the others regarded it. So there was some aimless and halting conversation about matters of no consequence, and this dragged tediously along, arriving nowhere, until at last the archangel Satan gathered his courage together -- of which he had a very good supply -- and broke ground.

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