Parables are stories about familiar things which illustrate a deeper meaning. The following parable has its roots in modern man’s search for the origin of life.
In an isolated African jungle there lived a tribe of primitive people with no knowledge of the world outside of their village. One day as members of the tribe were hunting in unknown territory, they stumbled upon the wreckage of a crashed airplane. A debate over the origin of the strange object soon raged – where did this object come from and how did it get here? The village soon polarized into two opposing viewpoints.
One opinion was that the object was built by humans (the skeleton of one was found inside of the object) while others believed the object must have a natural origin. To believe it was created would acknowledge an intelligence surpassing their own.
Those believing that the airplane was designed and built by other intelligent humans argued that this was obvious but could not prove how, why, or when. All attempts to explain how, why, or when, which were not based on a belief in random natural processes, were severely ridiculed. They soon became silent.
Those believing in the natural origin of the object strengthened their argument by showing that the same rubberlike substance found in the tires could be found oozing from trees. Likewise the glass, paint, and fluids in the structure could be shown to occur naturally. By throwing one of the screws into the air with just the right spinning motion and catching it in just the right hole, the screw would even partially spin into place.
It was agreed amongst themselves that given enough time, the structure could have built itself (although the exact mechanism was not yet known). Even more convincing evidence was forthcoming as the deteriorating structure was repaired and the parts rearranged. A huge project was started to map, catalogue, and understand every piece of the structure.
All of these observations confirmed to the primitive natives that they had been correct in their understanding of the natural origin of the object.
Those stubborn few who continued to believe the object was created by other intelligent people were considered backward and ignorant. They were ignored, and village schools were organized so that all of the children would be taught only the naturalistic scientific explanation.
Within several generations there was no longer any dissension because only the majority opinion was allowed. And the mystery remained solved … until the builder of the airplane returned.