Friday, November 02, 2007

We are starstuff

An attempt to write some lyrics, hampered by the total inability to write music (or play an instrument). I don't guarantee I won't mess around with these words - I fiddle with stuff I write - and I might even add a verse. Might. But - Make free with the lyrics if you like them!


We are starstuff -
We've come up from out of Nothing.
Bit by bit by tiny step we've come a long, long way.
We are builders,
And we ourselves are built:
The Grand Design's inside our mind,
And there it's going to stay:
We are the way.

The Second Law says Order always must decay to Chaos,
And in a system that is closed, yes, that much is true:
But energy is fuel for matter's endless search for pattern,
And Nothing, algorithmically, gave birth to me and you.

We are starstuff -
We've come up from out of Nothing.
Bit by bit by tiny step we've come a long, long way.
We are Meaners,
Though we are not a Meaning -
Any plan we find’s inside our minds
Till we set the array
In shades of gray.

Physics shows us how the smallest bits will come together:
Chemistry how energy makes molecules combine:
Over eons, Chaos settles into energy-fed Order.
Once granted Order, all it takes is time to make Design.

We are starstuff -
We've come up from out of Nothing.
Bit by bit by tiny step we've come a long, long way.
We are Designers,
Though we were not Designed:
Though pattern’s blind; the light we find
Is fit to show the way:
Here comes the day

Variation's random, selection seeks refinement,
And anything and everything's a source that it can use:
From something like a virus, not alive but almost living,
The leap to living creatures was a spark that lit the fuze.

We are starstuff -
We've come up from out of Nothing.
Bit by bit by tiny step we've come a long, long way.
We are Seekers,
Though we are not a Goal:
We slowly find what lies behind
And giants show the way:
Truth has its way.

For now the process finds itself surpassed by its own product:
We are greater than our genes: we choose which shape we make.
Words and culture binding time, we hear those who've gone before us,
And we peer into the future and we choose the path we'll take.

For we are starstuff -
We've come up from out of Nothing.
Bit by bit by tiny step we've come a long, long way.
We are the Shapers -
We have come a step beyond,
The Grand Design’s inside our mind
And we can find the way –
We are the way.

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1 Comments:

At 11:01 AM, November 04, 2007 Blogger GarnetDavid had this to say...

I like this very much. It reminds me of lyrics from the 60's, like Bob Dylan or someone like that.

Your thinking is my favorite kind, broad and insightful. I like the irony of ideas such as "We are Meaners, Though we are not a Meaning"

take care,
Garnet David
or Glittering Muse

 

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