In Yesterday’s Blog Post, I asked if the fact that all creatures with brains and eyes have some innate and individual sense of beauty is evidence of God. For the most part, believers said yes or maybe, and non-believers asked what is wrong with me.
In fairness, I didn’t develop that question enough for it to make sense. I was operating on insufficient sleep. I’ll take another crack at it. You might be surprised how well this comes together. Or not.
If there is a God, I have hypothesized before that it could be the expression of a single and original universal law of nature so powerful that all the other rules of physics spring from it. And all the anthropomorphic qualities that believers often ascribe to God are only different descriptions of that one universal law. It would be fair, albeit imprecise language, to say this God of universal law is omnipotent and loving and the creator of everything.
I observed that people are attracted to particular mates based on individual concepts of beauty. But they are also attracted to certain styles of clothes, cars, music and so on. We see beauty in lots of things. And we observe that gravity and magnetism and other natural forces are some form of attraction. Every bit of reality is experiencing some form of attraction to some other bits of reality.
Human attraction feels entirely different from gravity. But remember that all the laws of physics seem entirely different from each other, but there has long been a belief they could all be explained or connected by a so-called unified field theory.
Consider how evolution explains both the human eye and a bird’s wing. Those two things seem completely unrelated to each other, but spring from the same underlying set of rules. As with that example, I am asking if the pervasiveness of our preferences for beauty springs from the same force as gravity and magnetism, to name just a few examples. All seem to be a related to attraction.
If the universe did not have a natural preference for attraction over separateness, then animals would not look for food, people would not procreate, and planets would not orbit. Even evolution springs from this most basic of forces. Without attraction, no creatures would produce offspring.
Attraction, which we humans usually interpret as beauty in our daily lives, is perhaps the most universal of all the laws. Is it a stretch to suppose that attraction is the hypothetical one most basic and original law of all? And if so, can one be forgiven for labeling it God?