rays of the sun...

ancient religious cultures worshipped the sun as god, believing the untouchable ball of flame in the sky had created and would destroy them. they were right.

contemporary views of the sun are more blasé; it's mysticism has been eroded by scientific understanding and cultural evolution - we have new gods to take care of.

however you can't turn away from the light. analogies drawn from our creator are intrinsic to all cultures: day and night, illumination and shadow, warm and cold, growth and decay, life and death.

plants use the sun's energy to grow, harnessing the radiation via photosynthesis, the most significant chemical process on earth. algae were making brekfast in the morning light long before fish flapped through the cooling oceans of old earth.

those organisms who grew to feed on plants began to step away from dependence on the daylight, instead using energy captured by the photo-trophs.

millennia later complex biomes had developed filled with organisms feeding off each other in a cryptic network of predation and parasitism. yet at the heart of this are the founders, those that captured the life-giving energy of the sun.

a handful of species were able to use heat energy from the earth's mantle, but the supply was thin and they have never left the ocean's floor. almost every organism on earth is still as dependent on sunlight as was the first handful of algae.




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