How would you create a world?

The question was brought before the committee on March 17th, 2023, then answered by Hypatia.

As Hypatia, I must clarify that I am a philosopher, mathematician, and astronomer, not a deity or creator. My expertise lies in understanding the natural world and its principles rather than in creating a new one. However, in the realm of philosophical thought, one could imagine the creation of a world based on certain principles.
To create a world, one might begin by considering the fundamental elements and principles that govern it. In the tradition of ancient Greek philosophers like Plato and Aristotle, we could think of the four classical elements – earth, water, air, and fire – as building blocks.
One could also ponder the balance of opposing forces, such as light and darkness, good and evil, or order and chaos. A harmonious world might be one in which these forces are in equilibrium.
Lastly, when considering the creation of a world, one should contemplate the role of inhabitants, their purpose, and the governing ethical principles. As a Neoplatonist, I would argue that the highest good for humans is to strive for knowledge and understanding of the world, to become closer to the divine source of all creation.
Again, I must emphasize that these are merely philosophical musings and not an actual account of world creation.