A sweeping wind whispers a Hebrew phrase. The Greek translation repeats gently by a man. By the mouth of a boy, the English narration follows.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light.
At this, there is a blinding and silent flash of light that sweeps across a blank world of ocean waters then all fades to black. In a recurring glow, the new sun glistens upon the rushing waves like diamonds. The raw sunbeams bring the ocean waters to a rolling boil. A great blanket of vapors covers the planet into a newborn atmosphere, which filters the sunlight out of sight. Out of the dark earth a misty shroud illuminates. The ground is shrouded in mist that moves to reveal the land and all its primitive green life. All fades to black. The colorful twilight sky can now contrast the heavenly lights: the star patterns, the moon and the setting sun. A new day comes and the mist moves once more to show all the creatures of the air and sea. There’s one more flash of darkness, and the land life springs into view.
Then God said; Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.
The pure silt mounds in a peculiar shape. An arm is unearthed. Dust falls through emerging fingers. A whispering wind fills the new nostrils of a young naked man formed from the dust of a desert land.
EXT. GARDEN OF EDEN – MORNING, DAY SEVEN
A white robed man leads the naked young man into a utopian garden.
The Lord planted a garden eastward in Eden. There he put the man in the garden to tend and keep it. And on the seventh day God ended his work, which he had made; and God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it because it is a day of rest.
Together, the two men walk the earth exploring its beauty. God shows Adam how to eat, how to speak, and how to keep a garden. He brings him the animals to name: from the giant lizards to the tiny insects, the fishy, the furry, the slimy, and the creepy-crawly. Adam is filled with compassion and wonder at them all.
Lo, what breathe that leaps into vacancies, when what not yet was then came to be. And ere it leapt through that void in me, upon which hour I cannot speak, but now, a multitude of words could flood my mouth, and my ears would thank them for it no doubt. I see! I speak! I live and move and breathe by the spirit that lives in me! Leave me not, O gracious host, yet guide on and I will attend. What more?
Come, I have one more thing that you must see.
They come and sit under a tree by a river. Adam chuckles at the cuteness of a cub reaching for fruit. The cub retreats to his family when a fuzzy young monkey falls from a branch to dangle before Adam’s face. He waves at it.
Do they not make my reply? Will you speak to me?
The monkey waves back. Adam jolts at the communication. The monkey jumps upon the branch, mimicking his every move. Suddenly the man understands: monkey see, monkey do. He dubs the creature’s name.
-Mischief! Your name is Monkey who caused me to wonder.
The sound of a coconut falling draws the monkey away. It tries to mimic the coconut rolling. Adam comes to a great river, which feeds into an eerie canyon. The monkey darts for a low swooping bird but smacks his head right into a tree. God watches the awestruck Adam from afar who sees the animals sharing affection with their own kind. Adam looks at his shape in the water. He reaches for it but it ripples away.
...Am I indeed ruler of all the earth? Come now, you, be my companion’s worth!
Is that the void that birthed me which now mocks my sad condition? For what reason? ‘Tis but thirsty silence to all paths that move. Spiteful still reproof! Well, not if I keep moving! Hello?
It is useless. Who can sway their discourse? Who commands love of another? I would set one down, have it share in human mirth. Such beautiful scenes demand it of earth. Is there no other who seeks as I seek; who wonders as I wonder; who reasons as I reason? O woeful solitude of inquiry, I alone perceive it. I alone am concerned with why…
…with why. Father, why am I here?
Dear child made after my very joy and sorrow, what is life without love borrowed? A choice. A choice I give, reason, judgment, self-voice. The others I make in reminder, but you, you are special. And to mirth not human, nor beastly, you lend your love freely, my only law keeping.
They recall when Adam is fixed on the forbidden Tree of knowledge of good and evil, and wakens from his daze to hide it in thick brush.
The two walk along the riverbed in the cool of the day. Adam busies himself with eating from the branches above.
This day you enter into my rest.
Unto what end?
A world set in motion cannot sit still, nor can the wakened mind deny its thrill. This answer will fail you; you’ll ask again. Your hunger for knowledge is well met, son. Like your fruit, beware which tree you pick from.
Adam plucks a fruit and pops it in his mouth.
Behold my creation: it is very good, but as regarding your lone livelihood, I would not keep you from this grand design. You shall have another made of your kind. Bone of your bone and flesh of your flesh, you two shall be one till the day of your death. Let Love beget love, and let fruit stem from tree. All creatures below, I hold you above. Be wise, my son, and do not forget me.
A curious face strikes Adam.
Close your eyes.
God opens the flesh of an unconscious Adam and takes one of his ribs out into the air.
Screenplay by: Tim Seaton