The particle of particles. The genesis from which all life comes. The beginning of the universe and all it encompasses.
Once upon a time all these things were attributed to a personal, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient entity with a character and a purpose. Though we as mere denizens of this vast universe were sometimes unable to fathom the reasons for what this entity did, it was just accepted as what should be.
For millennia, humanity has attempted to explain its surroundings as best it could. At first it was the will of the gods that was responsible for creation and then, a single God emerged as Creator of the cosmos. Humanity however, was not satisfied with this so it began a quest for a better explanation--enter, the Higgs boson.
The so-called "god" particle, as it has been dubbed has finally been detected according to physicists. What does this mean for the future of science? More importantly though, what does this mean for humanity?
The search began several decades ago for this elusive particle that scientists believed would revolutionize the way we looked at our universe. After many painstaking years of dedicated research from scientists around the world, it would seem that it has all finally paid off. After many heartbreaking and sometimes career-ending disappointments and billions of dollars later, science presents you with the shiny new Higgs boson.
Now that we have seemingly discovered the Holy Grail of creation where do we go from here? Do we now attempt to exploit its properties for profit as we do with many new discoveries or do we try to harness it and tame it to do our bidding?
Why don't we just put it in a bottle and display it like some great work of art? After all, isn't this what some have been trying to do with God anyway? If this is the case, then why not His particle?
For some time there are those of us who have been slowly reducing God from an almighty Creator to a little man in a bottle who is only invoked when we need him to further our own endeavors. Whether it is to garner more votes in an election or prove why we should not support abortion or gay marriage or whatever the latest and greatest cause may be. Afterwards, some just put Him back into His bottle and place Him on the shelf with the rest of our baubles and trinkets.
God has been pushed out of our lives and our livelihoods. There are even those who believe, who have for the most part been variously branded as crackpots, unintelligent, uneducated, or idiots. We have barred Him from our schools and banned Him from our public spaces. We have declared many workplaces off limits to Him. Some have turned a blind eye to His evidence and deaf ears to His words.
He is a figment of the imagination to some and a passing fancy to others. However, to those who believe He is their strength, their inspiration, the One to turn to when all else fails, the One who knows our deepest secrets and bears our heaviest burdens.
Though He may be as elusive as the Higgs boson from our direct observation, just as the Higgs boson, His evidence is there as well. His fingerprints are everywhere. From the design and pattern of the universe to the delicate double helix structure of our DNA, to even the as yet unknown properties of this new particle itself.
There are some who may call me foolish and unlearned for these words I write but to those I ask: How do we quantify the infinite? How do we describe something that is apart from, yet a part of all there is? What mathematical equation do we turn to in order to understand the entire forest that is creation, when we can barely grasp the complexity of a single tree within it?
Yes! We now appear to have a new contender that seemingly may denounce and debunk the existence of a personal God once and for all. With all that seems to be at stake, one would think God might just take a moment to respond to this obvious affront. God on the other hand, as always, remains silent.
Does this signal a concession from God or does it simply mean the evidence is already out there and needs no further comment? What do you think?