Creation is always divine and often brutal. Even the explosive violence of science’s Big Bang Theory is expressed in reverential overtones: “The Universe was formed by a colossal explosion . . . . In the first millionth of a second after the Big Bang, the Universe expanded from a dimensionless point of infinite mass and density into a fireball about 19 billion miles . . . across” (Oxford New Concise World Atlas, 3rd ed., 2009, pp. 18-19). Creation stories, like myth in general, are outward projections of inner worlds involving a fantastic force or sheer willing of the world into existence. A continuous cycle of creation and renewal is common to the mythic theme.
The recurring burden of bringing about and maintaining world order falls first and foremost on the United States. America’s creation story is almost too familiar to be recognized as such. (more…)