Of Poets, Fools and Madmen. . .
The Great Matrix
The Great Matrix
|Title:||The Will of the World|
|Associated Phenomenon:||All Manifest Existence|
|Symbol:||Circle within a Square within a circle (endlessly recursive)|
|Portfolio:||The mysteries of existence|
|Domains:||Creation, additionally, clerics choose one domain from each set of:||The Mysteries of Transcendent Manner:||Balance, Destruction, Mysticism, Purification, Renewal, Time and;||The Mysteries of Immanent Manifestation:||Air, Cold, Earth, Fire, Force, Water|
|Associated Orders:||Dwarven Clans of Will, Dwarves in general, (Dwarven Druids?)|
Description: A uniquely Rimenoshan deity, this is both highly abstract and immanently concrete. The Great Matrix refers to the manifest physical world itself (in its entirety). It is the material or substance from which everything physically manifest is “made” as well as the entirety of such physical manifestation. The Will of the World then is the conscious causal force providing the “blueprint” of the forms, both animate and inanimate, manifest from the Great Matrix. In the dwarven way of thinking, everything is alive as part of the Great Matrix and exists through the action of the Will of the World exercised upon its manifest substance body (i.e., the Great Matrix). Hence, the very world itself, in its totality, is alive through the action of its own will upon itself. The logical solipsism of this is not lost on the dwarves, but rather is viewed as an obvious fundamental characteristic of existence. The temporal concepts of “always” and “forever” being likewise perceived as referring to what, like the “stone” which both constitutes and surrounds the substance of everything, is obviously eternally present. They have no creation myth in the usual sense of the term, because the world has “always” been this way, including the evident “history” of the First Clan Elders. (Creation as the origin of the manifest world in dwarven religion is essentially classified as parthenogenesis but only as an ongoing process rather than a “first cause.”) In this “solid-state” cosmology then, the elements of earth, air and water are viewed simply as different states or conditions of the material, i.e., the Great Matrix. Fire (with it’s associated conditions of light and heat), along with cold and other forces (such as weight/gravity) are viewed in their manifestations as the means of action indicative of the Will of the World at work to produce the alteration of forms manifest from the Great Matrix. It follows then that all is substance, with emptiness – the hollow – being a relative condition pertaining to less dense material in a particular zone which is easily displaced by denser material. The obvious implication of this being the conservation of matter as an inherent condition of the World, since, as such, nothing can ever be taken from, or added to the totality of it, only the condition of portions thereof can be altered. Like time, the World is therefore seen as infinite not because it is unbounded (a condition recognized as following from -) but because of the obvious fact that it is inherently immeasurable.