Once upon a time on a far distant planet there were some alien biologists and on their planet there were writings and legends about an ancient civilization of powerful beings who had come down from the sky and created life there. But as happens with many stories, some groups of aliens began to change and re-write the story because of the cultural and political importance that origins has in any civilization. If they knew or admitted to how the powerful beings had made them, then they might have to change how they lived and so on. So there came to be a wide variety of stories about their origins, depending on what a group of creatures wanted to do and what their own preferences were. Some tribes came to have a god of gold and riches because that is what they liked while others had a god of fertility or sex because that is what they liked and so on. Most had many gods and there came to be a very wide proliferation of various types of gods and godesses. Eventually each tribe developed their own tribal preferences in isolation. As civilization and knowledge advanced and tribalism receded the creatures eventually realized that there was a wide proliferation of gods and as this happened many came to the conclusion that there were no gods at all. Many came to the point of believing that there were not any beings who created them in the first place. Given their history this view was rational to some degree, although it was not true.
Given this process in the minds of many all ancient knowledge about their origins was considered to be myth. It was all a matter of tribal interests or creature comfort and creature preference as to what legend or myth a creature believed. So they would say to each other, “That god is good for you, but not for me.” because no one really believed in anything anymore and they didn’t want to argue about it. By that point most did not believe that there was any higher type of being than their own type of being in general. How could there be, since there were so many different stories about “gods” of all sorts? But they knew that something must be true about their origins so they began to make some new stories based on studying the planet itself. Ironically, the civilization that did away with tribalism and superstitous views of tribal gods in the first place had much to do with philosophical aliens who generally based their philosophy on ancient stories. These were not the legends of gods of gold and wealth, gods of merry making or other things based on tribal interests or creature comforts but instead a story of a singular civilization who came from the sky and created all life and all tribes. Yet most had lost the perspective that had been foundation of their field and instead concluded that if the gods of gold were obviously tribal superstitions then all stories about the past must be, including the one generally responsible for their civilization. But as they studied, the evidence went against their ideas about life emerging naturally on their planet. In fact, they began to recognize that all life was based on a complex code that was far beyond their own meager civilization and knowledge. It was difficult to maintain their stories about the planet but many thought that they should do so anyway because they feared that tribalism and the old tribal gods would emerge again to haunt their world. This was not the way that progress as they knew it had come about but by this point there were so many alien biologists who believed that all the stories of creative beings were just like superstitions about tribal gods that they had made up some rules about the way that life must be studied. In fact, any mention of the legends would cause them to say things like: “That’s not real biology!” or “Horrible things have been done based on legend and in the name of the creative beings!” and “We only allow one type of explanation, our own!”
And so on. It all had nothing to do with what the truth of things actually was anymore. Sometimes they even admitted that their explanation had nothing to do with the truth. It was merely the only type of explanation that they would allow based on a methodology which they mistakenly thought led to progress out of tribalism and superstition.
Yet in the course of their history there came to be a nation in which the stories of those who studied life in this way (i.e. in the name of progress) were taken to be true, not just the only type of explanation allowed due to methodology which could be kept separate from other views or myths about their origins but actually, totally true. This nation began to fall apart as a civilization. It became viciously tribalistic and tried to biologically exterminate the group most associated with the old legends and traditions having to do with the origin of life.
Eventually the civilization that created life on the planet returned in their own time and for their own reasons. The reason that the evidence did not fit the notion that life emerged from the planet itself was because it had not.
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