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Why a Better Creation Story Is No Creation Story ?
Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP, FRCP

It will seem very strange, but you can’t know where you came from unless you know where everything came from. Your origin is the same as the origin of the universe. What makes this a strange statement is that the universe by common agreement began 13.8 billion years ago, whereas you began much sooner than that. This poses a quantum riddle that I answer in detail in a new book, Quantum Body.

Let me give you a preview, which leads to a revolutionary idea. Nature creates everything in existence. But Nature can’t create itself. There is no process that gives rise to Nature as a whole. Yet something must have allowed everything to exist in the first place. The only viable candidate is consciousness. Here’s why. 

When a very young child is old enough to ask, “Where did I come from?” the parents need a quick white lie that avoids the truth. Saying “The stork brought you” or “You were found under a tree” is convenient for the moment. Yet there is something remarkable in the question because it shows one of the main qualities of self-awareness: The need for an origin. It doesn’t satisfy a four-year-old to think that they came out of nowhere. Somehow, starting very early, we crave to know how life began, and specifically how our life began.

But every origin story has a fatal flaw. If X is the creator, who created X? It doesn’t help to say that Y created X, because that only pushes the question back a step. If God created the world, who created God? If the Big Bang created the universe, what created the Big Bang? You can substitute any creator you want, and the question of origins has no answer. 

Perhaps the cleverest creation story is a symbol—a serpent biting its tail—which the ancient Greeks named Ouroboros but which they derived from the ancient Egyptians.