How did we get here?
Did life, and ultimately humanity, just spontaneously arise on this world that is somehow just absolutely perfectly suited to us? Did not Someone, or Something, have to create us? Doesn’t there just have to be a God? But, if God made us, who made God?
That is the question that the film Prometheus asks. Prometheus is the god in Greek mythology who taught humankind the use of fire. Note, the Greeks, and many ancient societies, spoke of many different gods, the major Western religions, though, speak of the One God, which is seen as progress over “paganism.” But then there also came to be an even more “progressive” belief, namely that there is no God, at all.
In Prometheus archaeologists in the future have discerned that many ancient cultures have artwork depicting hmans worshiping a giant who points to a particular moon circling a particular planet. Prometheus is the name of the spaceship subsequently launched to find this world where, it is believed, the giant aliens who presumably sparked us into civilization, originated. Sound familiar? This is the premise of The History Channel series, Ancient Aliens, based on the work of Erich Von Daniken, author of Chariot of the Gods.
I thought it interesting that they came up with a mythical world when, in fact, the ancient Egyptians did point to a star in the constellation known as Orion’s belt as the place from which they hailed. Also, the centerpiece of the film is the giant stone head of an alien that they find when they reach their destination. The giant stone head resembles that of a white man, but its shape and size clearly recall the Olmec heads in Mexico and Central America which, in fact, bear the distinct visage of Africans.
A voyage to find the aliens, that sparked us into civilization, is also the plot of 2001: A Space Odyssey, released in 1968, the same year as Chariot of the Gods. Also, in Prometheus as in 2001 A Space Odyssey, there’s a robot. The robot here meant to symbolize that even as humanity goes in search of its Maker, it has prominent in its midst, one whom humanity itself has created. The robot thus stands in the same relation to humans as humans do to their supposed Creators. And what according to the Holy Books did the first man do to his Creator? Isn’t that what we fear our creations, the computers, will do to us, that is, rebel? But then again this is just a story. And besides, if we can create a being in our own likeness, that is a thing that can think, then what need have we for God? But even if we do have a Creator, who created the Creator? These are some of the questions that come to mind upon watching the movie Prometheus!
( by Dr. Arthur Lewin, author of Africa Is Not A Country: It’s A Continent, www.AfricaUnlimited.com )