Feb 15, 2011


Lifeblood deals in great part with the philosophy of religiuos ideas and the integration of intellectual thought. Was the universe created as some random event of inevitable contraction of force and mass that finally became too unstable to maintain, resulting in a 'big bang' eplosion, scattering matter throughout the universe? Or did some intelligense, some being, have an original idea and form the universe, even if they did it in what seemed like the same manner, gathering the stray matter from the void we call space into a single ball of volitility and waited for the inevitable explosion.

I once had a biology teacher explain why he did not want to teach the first six chapters of the textbook because he did not agree with how it presented evolution. He said that based on the text, he should be able to put all the parts to an alarm clock in a paper bag and assuming that both he and the paperbag could last throughout the process, that if he shook that bag long enough, even if it took millions of years, he should eventually end-up with a working alarm clock. He did not think such an event should happen. This was one of the least reasons his students loved him and the next year when he did not return, we were worried that the school ssystem did not approve of his independent thinking. But that was not the case. He had decided to serrve his country as a medic. Unfortunately he did not return alive from Viet Nam.

So if intelligence was involved, the next logical question is simply who? But that may not be a simple question at all. Rather than get in a debate about which God or gods are the one and only true God, I am choosing, in Lifeblood, to take a writer's prerogative and make up my own mythos of how the universe came to be and how are world was made and the things therein - including other standard mythical characters.

Since the 'idea' is called Demiurge by Plato, the beings who have this idea must be the Demiourgos, from a mythological passage in the Timaeus to the creator God.  In Gnosticism the Demiurge was the creator of the material world, not God but the Archon, or chief of the lowest order of spirits or aeons.  According to the Gnostics, the Demiurge was able to endow man only with psyche (sensuous soul), the pneuma (rational soul) having been added by God (therfore does this mean the Demiourgos came before God?).  The Gnostics identified the Demiurge with the Jehovah of the Hebrews (which some scholars speculate is the same as Jesus).  In philosophy the term is used to denote a divinity who is the builder of the universe rather than its creator.

So here do I too use it to denote the builder(s) of the universe.  Those who separated Chaos from the void and used it's material to build all that we have in the material world.  Taking a bit more of that writer's liberty, (and influenced to the wonderful bending of language by Robert Aspirin), I chose to take the name Demiourgos and adulterate it into the name we give to those beings of suspect nature and intent, Demons.

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