Sat, Jul 25, 2009
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The cosmos was created in a struggle between the good and the evil.

The good said it was going to create the world, but the evil was scornful and sought to show the good how silly this plan was. So what began with happy aspirations was met with harsh mocking words. Soon the bickering between the two godhoods escalated into a battle in which the very fabric of the universe was created.

The stars were shed as sparks from their terrible clashes. Their anger and pride became space and time. Hatred welled as gravity. Courage emerged as magnetism, and vengeance as electricity. As they smashed matter, and flung energies against each other, the heavens were separated from the earth, the waters fell as rain, crying in pain.

Suddenly the gods vanished, the battle ended, and there were no witnesses except a thunderstorm and a great wind rushing into their absence.

For, some say, Ag finally lost, and in despair was easily banished from the cosmos by the devilish Antag. Others say the good god Ag sacrificed his own link with his creation in order to save it from Antag's despairing attitudes.

Whatever happened neither can talk to us, unlike children yelling in play by the river. They have been swept away by their own actions, whatever they were. Only we, mere mortals, follow and so remain.

Some say Ag still watches over us with love, writing down our lives in a great book, so that we can be rewarded for our loyalty or kindness. Others say we are on our own, that the sacrifice was complete, and nothing we do or say makes any difference now. We are all alone.

There are those who believe that good Ag was banished by the scorner Antag, of these there are those who believe we will be rewarded, but others of these 'banisheds' believe that we are truly orphaned and will be ignored for all eternity; that prayers and petitions are useless.

Yet others believe that the good god Ag sacrificed himself and so can watch over us, but others of these 'sacrificials' believe that the link is also gone.

Many wars have been fought by believers of each these views, many histories changed, much blood shed in meaningless struggles.

For which god is good? Ag is the god who lost and was banished by Antag? Or is Ag that god, who in self-sacrifice, banished the evil Antag?

Can they see us, or not?

The devout and pious believe that they are watched, regardless of whether they think Ag is the banished or the sacrificial. But the mundane don't bother to even disbelieve it, and care only as to who was Ag or Antag.

In any case, the Concert states there is no way to know. The link to the creators is gone in the very struggle which put the stars in their place.

In was in the recognition of this great unknowing that the holy agnostic Concert was composed, bringing peace to us all in a two part compromise. A peace which has now lasted millennia among the cognoscenti, those who share the cognizance that the war ended when the gods left and must never be fought again.

The Concert states that Ag is worshipped in public as good, and Antag scorned as evil, but it is left to each private conscience to decide which god did what, and further, whether they can still see us or not.

To discuss any of this outside the home or the schoolroom is frowned upon as impolite, and in some parts as sacrilegious.

Sat, Jul 25, 2009  Permanent link
Categories: Philip K. Dick
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