Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Moby Dick: God
Herman Melville’s great book, Moby Dick, gives readers the essence of God: impervious to human existence unless provoked by thought (about Him or directed to Him).
The novel, subliminally, asserts that Christians, Jews, and other religious people, even heathens, will, if they pray to or evoke their God, bring down upon themselves a perceptible wrath – for the intrinsic element of God is malevolency.
Most religious concepts provide for a God in battle with evil – Zoroastrianism is one, where God (Ahura Mazda) supports truth (Asa) and the Devil (Ahriman) promotes the lie (Druj).
And while the Roman deity, Janus, has two-faces, the archetype only suggests that God is of two natures, good and evil. The mythology doesn’t attribute to God the element of evil; it merely implies it.
Moby Dick goes beyond this.
What Melville did was open the door to a quantum God, one which acts when acted upon – when measured or observed, like Schrodinger’s cat or quantum particles.
God, in Melville’s book, exists in the universal realm (the sea), impartial to mankind, until mankind seeks Him out; in the pursuit of Ahab to kill Him, for transgressions of the past (when Ahab sought Moby Dick and lost a leg in the finding of Him).
Melville’s God – Moby Dick – is white, to show that mankind perceives Him as good and pure, but the reality is that Moby Dick – God – is exactly the opposite of good and pure……but only when He is acted upon: the quantum measurement.
Most scientists, as we note earlier on here, do not believe there is a God or that a god ever existed.
But Melville’s magnum opus gives those scientists a way to reconcile their observations of the universe and quantum reality with the possibility of a God who exists as the ultimate quantum, thus resolving the singularity question that plagued Einstein and those who seek the Theory of Everything.
The Moby Dick metaphor isn’t just a vehicle for a good yarn. It’s the intuition of Melville that, like Cosmic Consciousness or the Thomistic epiphany, leads the way for physicists to look at the idea of a Prime Mover who can be explained by quantum mechanics.
Melville suggested he wrote an evil book, evil in the sense he wrote about a concept that would be anathema to the culture he was surrounded by.
Yet, he did more than write an “evil book.” He provided a clue for those in the 21st Century as to what they might pursue in their quest for the definitive answer to what this existence is all about.