A Soul in Our Midst

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It was a very cold morning at the dawn of time. Absolutely cold you might say. Go back a bit and you might see things in a different light. As the relic universe began to collapse, the last remnants of a force thought of as gravity was having its way with the remaining matter. Entropy would eventually reappear with a new vigor but it was no longer the leader of its domain. The new universe was going to heat up from that loss of randomness. The “solid” part of the universe changed little; that was left for the other two. The ramification to physics from that geometry in this universe was crucial. Long past Midway, near time’s inevitable end in its march through existence, the Sum of Souls had waited for rebirth. Not that you could classify how long that was in any of the usual increments. For some it was a proton and others it was the entire existence of a top quark. For most, it was much longer. It depended on three factors; the Forces, a vector and the one thing in any universe that could determine its own fate.
 
The Forces gave matter its properties and contributed to a Soul’s fate. Those same Forces made up the fabric of each universe. How those fabrics were woven, independent to each universe, led to the physical attributes of its matter. Close proximity to the Material meant an accumulation of quarks could plan on being around for a while. Alone, a particle would make a quick exit. It all seemed to be just luck. The “key” to long lived matter was vector-vector-vector. Particles unlucky enough to encounter a force (or for that matter two, heaven forbid three) and it was in the ultimate jail. Can you say stable? You might as well throw away that key. The “lock” in which it fit was space. Those two entangled entities may seem to have stability but, to eternity, they were unimportant. It was the “Opening” that was entirely responsible any comprehensional act of reason. That comprehension, in all senses of the word, held all of our attention.  As for fate, it was quickly determined after Rebirth. Give the Forces an opening and they could create a soul. For it, time was no match in any universe that could ever be conceived.
 
How do you define space? How would you define existence or a soul? Why anyone would think that matter was the important part? Matter could captivate the soul but only by way of its longevity. For much of this universe’s existence, its Souls thought the creation of matter was their manger. Was that naivety or nativity? “Matter” could be destroyed. Only when it was determined that solidity was an illusion, did the real questions come into the minds of the Souls. The Molecule’s shape was seemingly a minor coincidence. Why did the Souls think DNA’s information important? It just reproduced similar looking beings. All that space inside the individual atoms and the molecule’s spiral structure was never questioned. There was a lot of space inside the rest of the body’s molecules too. Discoveries linked matter’s motion over time and inevitably the truth became clear. Saying, “Two’s company and Three’s a crowd” was appropriate for nuclear strands. One could be evicted. Oddly enough, life was “paired” in threes. It was nature’s way. Height, width and depth. Three generations of matter. Three forces. Protons, neutrons and electrons. Time, entropy and existence. Matter, space and the soul. One could count on probability to change the mix.
 
The “gravity of the moment” became a cleaver way to put it. Gravity was the problem. No one knew how to compensate for its discontinuities. Everyone was so sure it was a force like the others. How far off the mark that turned out to be. Calling gravity a force was like calling space a force. The latter seemed be closer to the truth. When it did become clear that space forced all matter together gravity was seen in its true light. Why gravity was such a weak force had been questioned but “that it was a force” hadn’t. Seeing that space and matter don’t mix may have been the greatest miscomprehension of all time. Gravity fell hard and went out with a whimper; not a bang.
 
Why the Souls could not feel their uniqueness could be looked back upon and questioned. It only made sense they were an accumulation of previously developed forms. Bad decision after bad decision increased with time. They weren’t called “A Soul” for nothing. Trapped within their life’s structures “main” molecule, the soul was encased by matter, lived in space but had always been right in our midst. Souls were very capable of good but most could only manage neutrality and some seemed destined for evil. When the Molecule opened its two souls entangled and the forces created one anew; truly capable being of perfect. Sadly small openings contributed to growth, mutation and development but it also allowed evil to invade and fester. Death and entropy released them back into the void. Now that entropy had reversed, death became permanent. “Good” had only a single opportunity to create an independent soul worthy in the eyes of the One. There was only one chance when the retreat began.
 
Long after the great Reversal, all matter was eventually forced to leave the universe. Matter, space and the Souls it held all lapsed back into the Moment. The Rebirth occurred and all would begin again. How many times had it happened before? How many times would the Forces be released to establish new geometry with a new physics for its cosmos? That which defined space and matter would, in time, eventually lead to the creation of a new Sum of Souls. How many times would the Souls have to be separated from the One for the Sum to finally get it right; universally once and for All?

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