Here’s a question for you. What do the Big Bang, gun control, and metaphysics have to do with one another — and how do they relate to our spiritual evolvement?
Consider this: Mainstream quantum physicists today believe the universe began 15 to 20 billion years ago with a massive explosion, or multiple explosions. (Astronomer Fred Hoyle coined the term “Big Bang” in 1951.) Computer models suggest that a mass the size of a green pea was so compressed that its temperature was guesstimated to be in the neighborhood of 18 billion million million million degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures that super heated are many times hotter than the sun. However that may not be as heated as the rhetoric around gun control in America. (We’re getting a little ahead of ourselves. We’ll fire off a few rounds about the gun control issue a little later on in this blogcast).
The Big Bang that created our universe did not occur somewhere or sometime in space. It created space. That there was no space before the Big Bang is just one of the counterintuitive ideas of modern cosmology.
Clusters, long filaments, huge sheet-like super-clusters built of galaxies have formed along wrinkles in space-time that were apparently generated before the Big Bang and etched into our universe forever. There may have been different Big Bangs creating different kinds of universes beyond our own. (In fact, instead of starting our origin stories with the words “In the beginning…” we may need to humble the phrase to “In a beginning…” – which is an equally accurate translation of the Hebrew word bereshit – or even “In our beginning.”)
Moreover, string theory has led to new ideas about the possibility of multiple dimensions and multiple universes. Dr. Brian Greene, in his book, The Hidden Reality, describes the possibility that parallel universes exist.
Now, let’s add a spiritual perspective to the Big Bang notion.
The “Big Bang” in highly spiritual terms is the creation of a thought or idea in mind. Once an idea has exploded into conscious awareness it creates energy as an expression of that explosive cognitive moment. The energy it creates leads to other explosive moments (the formation of thoughts).
These super-heated moments (the formation of thoughts) expand into ideas that expand into beliefs (galaxies), which expand into choices that lead to physical actions. Each thought (Big Bang) is the outgrowth of our psycho-emotional make-up with its clusters and super-clusters of past experiences, patterns of behavior and habits, hang-ups, memories, personal beliefs and prejudices.
All of these human personality “wrinkles” exist before each thought is formed, and influence the quality and strength of each and every idea and inclination we have. The Universe (our consciousness) is composed of our core beliefs (planets, stars, and galaxies), values (light), thoughts (particles), inclinations (quantum fluctuations), and emotional hang-ups (entropy) that lead to a personal philosophy that defines the limits of our growth (expansion).
Now we’re going to extend the Big Bang analogy into gun control. So far we’ve seen millions of super-heated moments (thoughts and opinions on gun control) expand into walled beliefs (galaxies) and incredible pockets of self-interest (quantum fluctuations) that are taking us light years from a sane solution to gun control.
The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution is the part of the United States Bill of Rights that protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, along with the rest of the Bill of Rights. The Supreme Court has ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess and carry firearms. In 2008 and 2010, the Supreme Court issued two landmark decisions officially establishing this interpretation. The Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm, unconnected to service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.
We believe America’s Second Amendment was influenced greatly by the English Bill of Rights of 1689. Peoples all around the world since time immemorial have armed themselves for the protection of themselves and others, and as organized nations began to appear, these arrangements had been extended to the protection of the government. Without a regular army and police force, it had been the duty of citizens to confront and even arrest suspicious persons. Every person had an obligation to protect the king’s peace and assist in the suppression of riots.
Perhaps if the original signers of those respective Bills of Rights had considered the types of weapons their citizens should use to protect themselves, we would be having a different conversation today. We do not believe assault rifles or sophisticated military weaponry would have been permitted in 1689 or 1791. Today, America has armed military, National Guard, and police forces who have enough “big bang” capacity to handle threats and disturbances to the public welfare and National security.
We believe part of the fanaticism that seems to prompt why diehard gun owners resist gun control and covet military style weaponry is the fear of and distrust in government in general. The right to defend one’s loved ones and ensure our children’s safety are certainly worthwhile goals; however, using that right to justify ownership of military-style weaponry seems extreme and unwarranted.
Home owners, sports enthusiasts, and hunters have no legitimate reason to own assault rifles or sophisticated military weaponry. The “Big Bang” in gun control has got to be a powerfully articulated super-thought of the common sense variety – or perhaps more appropriately of the uncommon sense variety!
Each thought (Big Bang) about the efficacy of gun control comes from a belief system filtered by human experience, desire, and values. If we want to put an end to gun violence in America, we will. On the other hand, if our won’t power continues to trump our willpower to eliminate gun violence, our children and others will continue to be targeted by mentally ill and greedy people using assault rifles to retail their pain by harming others.
Every ‘Big Bang’ of unbridled personal self-interests, power, and worship of wealth – no matter how they are attained – will continue to create ‘space’ between a better tomorrow and a fractured today until we add a few ‘wrinkles’ of civility, uncommon sense, love, and compassion to the mix.About the author: Rev. Dr. Bil Holton is a metaphysician, prolific author, and dynamic speaker. Learn more by visiting him at www.TheMetaphysicalWebsite.com