Remember the story of Lyra Belacqua and her daemon? In Lyra’s world, there are divine matters spread all over living beings that gives them power to be alive. It can be found throughout the universe while having conciousness of its own to move things in the way they are supposed to be. For its patterns of spread and its flow through every living beings, it is named after the simplest particle in our everyday life. They call it Dust.
While Phillip Pullman formed a fantasy fiction full of living animals with conciousness, the Dust described quite controversially debated in theological perspectives. Some people, including me, interpret the Dust as God’s fragments, which cannot be seen by naked eyes but its importance is noticeable through its creations. The divine matter connects all living beings with its flow, and so does God’s fragments. It is the sole creator of our universe.
Today I had a talk with Sarah on the Dust mentioned in Phillip Pullman’s the Golden Compass. We talked about how it is unnecessary to debate on who our God is nor the number. The sole important thing is that we recognize and communicate with the Being that makes us alive, no matter in what form we interpret it. It is just a matter of perspectives and different ways of practices. All religions and faiths are based on our need to communicate with the Creator, though we can find the essence in many ways, including nature and self-finding.
In the book, it is also told how religious institutions have enough knowledge on the Dust to manipulate people so that they can gain enough number of mass. Which, on this point, Rachel commented as not being too far from the truth. To some extend, I do have the same point-of-view. Maybe the truth is that we are not too different, but differentiated.
Lintang Cahyaningsih – Universitas Gadjah Mada