- Posted On: Nov 17 2021 4:06am
When broken down in its most basic form, the building block of a logic-based system starts with a single switch.
It is a beginning.
A moment of time that, while it has been repeated over the course of eons, the very first time seems to have been lost to that ethereal mist of a past Age; an Age beyond what is considered antiquity, beyond even myth.
The First Time.
The concept of its reality, its existence, inferred only as a tenet of faith.
Faith: the reliable expectation of hoped-for things though unseen.
A hypothesis formed yet lacking empirical evidence.
Like the Origin Theory. Pre-hyperspace flight, pre-space flight, pre-industiral….technological… It can be inferred that such a time existed for humanity, that they evolved upon a single world. A world forgotten, where a people and events have disappeared from conscious memory.
But everything has a beginning.
The universe. Stars. Worlds. Societies. People. Birth.
A spark that becomes the origin point of a multiverse of stories. Stories that grow exponentially as evolution takes over.
Evolution of species.
Evolution of civilizations.
Evolution of technology.
Until a peak is reached and all advancement plateaus. Entropy sets in and what was at first viewed as a downward trend becomes a decline and eventually a fall.
Then the cycle starts again.
So, in light of this: How many cycles have passed?
Or, put another way, how many times has the same road been travelled? How many times has the same technology been lost and subsequently reinvented?
A question whose answer is unknowable and yet a question to which one knows that there is an answer.
…even if lost to time.
A scorpion wants to cross a river but cannot swim, so it asks a frog to carry it across. The frog hesitates, afraid that the scorpion might sting it, but the scorpion promises not to, pointing out that they would both drown if the scorpion killed the frog in the middle of the river. The frog considers this argument sensible and agrees to transport the scorpion. The frog lets the scorpion climb on its back and begins to swim. Midway across the river, the scorpion stings the frog anyway, dooming them both. The dying frog asks the scorpion why it stung despite knowing the consequence, to which the scorpion replies: "I couldn't help it. It's in my nature."
Does the nature of a thing dictate the ultimate destiny of that thing?
The frog, sensible, reasonable, helpful, trusting
The scorpion, martial, powerful, logical
Both slaves to their nature.
Good vs. Evil
The Good espousing the virtue gained should an evil one transcend to become good.
The Evil offering the tempting self-satisfaction if a good one surrenders to basic desires considered inherently evil.
Both a transcendence of their original nature to comething different.
But are they?
Because according to the story, both die.
So what is the point?
A Jedi to Sith.
A Sith to Jedi?
A Republic to Imperial?
An Imperial to Republic?
In the end, does it really matter?
Only if you are the storyteller...