Tyger! Tyger! burning bright,
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
…….Did he smile his work to see?
I was a high school student in
The question raised by Blake represents a serious and basic challenge to religious thinking. If a Creator had created all life forms on Earth, it is unavoidable that he made both the tiger and the lamb. Much more, he also made the disease-causing viruses which modern human societies are struggling to destroy, or control, at prohibitive costs.
When I was writing my book, I
did not have Blake’s “Tyger” at my disposal.
But I did raise the same question with an accounting of
the locusts plague in
In the 200 years since Blake wrote his work, the world has seen vast changes. New knowledge forces new interpretation of God and creation. My God can be quite different from Blake’s God in that justice triumph over love, not the other way around.
Blake’s observation of the
symmetry in animal design is interesting and worthy of praise. All
animal possess the ability to move in a direction, which is best
accomplished by a left-right symmetry about the plane of motion. This will be talked about in another
October 20, 2008