The prevailing view, in both East and West, is that life had an impersonal beginning. In the East it’s called ‘pantheism’; in the West ‘evolution’.
Pantheism is the belief that everything is god – an impersonal blind force or energy. Evolution suggests all life came from impersonal matter, or energy.
That is: Time + Chance + Matter = Life. There’s nothing else. This is the prevailing world-view, taught by most universities, colleges, schools, and by the media.
Life, according to biologist Jacques Monod, is the product of blind, irrational chance. He says:
“Chance alone is the source of every innovation, of all biosphere…number came up in the MonteCarlo game.”
This is the predicament of today’s society. If we came from mud and are going to end up as food for worms, then what we do in between is of no significance at all.
The worms won’t complain if we’re immoral or kill each other. Yet somehow we find that hard to live with.
For example, Nobel prize-winner Francis Crick in Life Itself: Its Origin and Nature, while definitely believing life happened by chance, can’t live with the consequences of that view.
He personifies nature with a capital “N” (“Nature has solved this difficulty with a neat trick”, “Nature invented”).
To personify something, which by definition is impersonal, is to try to find meaning in rhetoric.