No matter the point of arrival, each individual came into their designated place bare naked, helpless and without personal possessions.  Unable to speak any language or reflect on any worldly matter, each was a new seed just planted in a new garden awaiting the chance to sprout and grow.  The seed contained life and the source of the seed was infinity.  Its purpose was already defined:  "Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth ---." [Gen 1:22,28]
    This definition can only apply to that which has life:  plants and animals.  A stone can not beget another stone nor can an atom sire another atom.  Certainly a stone can be tooled into a beautiful work of art but it is still physically the exact original stone.  Indeed an atom can be modified and applied for various purposes but it is still the essence of the original atom.  In fact, there is only a specific amount of "stuff" in existence and there is no way that humanity will ever be able to create more or less.  Paraphrased, Sir Isaac Newton [1642-1727] put it this way:  "Matter can neither be created nor destroyed, it can only change form."  Such thought can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and carried on into modern times. Only living things are capable of producing new seed that can become a towering redwood tree or a butterfly, depending upon the nature of their own being.  A butterfly will never become a giant redwood tree in a California forest.
    So life’s purpose is to beget life.  That is, to nurture and refine life as one would carve and polish a precious work of art.  But, what is "life?"  Life is that which first entered the realm of materiality to perpetuate itself.  Must all acorns become an oak tree?  No, some may become a cache of food for the harvesting squirrel preparing for Winter.  Some may be groomed into colorful necklaces or other forms of artwork.  Some may become a tree in a foreign place because it has been carried afar.  Alas the squirrel’s hoard of food may never be eaten, the necklace may eventually be cast aside for a  more mature jewel or a forest fire may consume the oak tree in a far away place.  However, in some unknown way, each has served its purpose even if it was only to express a moment of anxious anticipation and hope for another.
    Human life is similar but far more purposeful, essential and complex.  Human life has a divine purpose in that it came into being to not just perpetuate its physical self but to subdue the earth [Genesis 1:28].  To subdue does not mean to consume or destroy.  It means to reign over its development and usefulness to the whole of materiality.  In a sense non-human elements are some of the tools given to humanity in order to accomplish the divine purpose.  Animals and plants provide beauty, entertainment, love and nourishment to humanity.  Only humanity has the nature to appreciate the significance of all those things.  A rose bush has its own form of "intellectual" life but it does not reflect on the fact that it has just received a refreshing drink of water.  A cute puppy vigorously expresses joy in your presence but it would do the same for a stranger.  A favorite horse is more apt to come over to the fence to you if it is accustomed to receiving an apple each time it comes to someone at the fence.  Do not misunderstand.  There can be very special bonds between specific individuals and specific animals.  Some animals are almost human like --- after all human is an animal.
    But human is a different breed of animal.  A species in authority also is a species with greater responsibility.  "Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more."  [Luke 12:48]  Each seed of humanity is a special seed that goes beyond the ordinary "Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth."  Every seed enters with its own individual spiritual tool chest and assigned tasks that are the essence of love.  We are accustomed to the expression:  Love God, love neighbor, love self.  To love the true self is to love all of that which surrounds self -- neighbor even though unknown and unseen.  To love God is to love all that emanates from God -- spirit and creation. With our personal tool kit, sometimes referred to as "baggage," and the tools of materiality we set out to accomplish that which we came in to do.  Trees and butterflies do their natural thing but humanity is charged to do its supernatural thing.  All of that with the option of self will.
    Ego is defined as "self" -- that is, the element of the individual psyche that involves its relationship with materiality.  "Self will" is that opportunity to apply rational and appropriate decision to accomplish the desired end.  This is a feature unique to the human animal.  The magic code of the matter is:  What is the desired end.  Desire is an intimate stimulus on the function of self will.  Why do we desire what we crave that can become an obsession?  Why do we allow an obsession to consume us to a point of becoming a slave of the desire?  Would we rob, kill, or destroy to have possession of some material jewel?
    One might stand in the middle of a large field of beautiful flowers.  A bouquet may be picked to adorn the home or express special love to a beloved.  Each bloom has the innate ability to produce a multitude of seeds to perpetuate its own kind yet, once plucked from its roots, it suffers the loss of its source of life and the ability to produce new seeds.  It seems ridiculous to think that anyone who had selected a bouquet would then choose to destroy the remainder of the beautiful floral field in order to claim ownership of the only bouquet from that field.
    Seeds can be considered the essence of things to come.  Christians all know of the parable of Jesus about the Sower of seeds [Matthew 13:3-9; Mark 4:3-9] and his later explanation of the parable [Matthew 13:18-23; Mark 4:14-20] but, in John 4:35-38, Jesus speaks of the Reaper of the harvest who shares the reward with the Sower.
    One might envision these thoughts as God, with a bag of seeds [souls], broadcasting life into all creation with the original intent that the results of the seeds of humanity would share in the harvest.  The thought might be further viewed as God planting the seed of an individual human in a specific location at a specific time to accomplish specific tasks.  Such seeds, coming from the same bag, are planted throughout creation to inhabit a prepared vehicle for a period of materialistic time.  Without prior physical identity, the seeds are planted in remote locales of every possible part of that which IS.  Regardless of "who" we are, we are akin to each other.
    We also speak of seeds of knowledge, understanding and wisdom.  We have heard of "seed money" to initiate a fund raising campaign.  Seeds are only the beginning and must flourish, grow and produce to be what they can be.  Though an individual may have an inner feeling of personal destiny, there is no way of being certain what the next or ultimate event will be in our life.  What happens today may be the harvest of something that happened yesterday or 50 years ago but it certainly can not be the harvest of something that could happen tomorrow or 20 years from now.
April 2002
by Nathan
Author’s Note:  Much of the teaching of Jesus was in the form of parables; short simple stories of a familiar event in life.  Jesus was a Galilean, a people who spoke a dialect of the Aramaic language.  Aramaic, an active language since before the Assyrian Empire and the Babylonian Empire, was the language of the Hebrew patriarchs.  In fact, the word "Hebrew" comes from the Aramaic word "Abar" [or "Habar"] meaning "to cross over," referring to Abraham’s crossing over the Euphrates River on his journey to Palestine.  It was a custom, especially in the Galilean Aramaic, to use parables for describing and teaching a situation.  Even greetings were often in the form of a parable.  In a manner of speaking, this article [and other articles I write] a point is made by the use of analogies of materialistic items because it is the easiest way to comprehend that which we are accustomed to seeing and experiencing.  The spiritual message must be gleaned from the materialistic parable. Spirit is not a product of the material world [John 18:36].
Or if one loves justice, the fruits of her works are virtues; For she teaches moderation and prudence, justice and fortitude, and nothing in life is more useful for men than these. [Wisdom 8:7]