According to the Bible we were NOT born from nothing…. I am joking…. Lets discuss origin without man-made religion and blind faith interwoven in. ….Huh… I suppose some would consider scientific theories blind faith. I think the difference is dogma does not change and requires the continued belief of its parishioners. Dogma is a fixed, unchanging belief which can create problems when 2000 years pass and the same agenda remains un-amended. When that belief eventually dies (as all religions do) so will the dogma. How many people are worshiping RA the sun-god (still the longest standing religion born from ancient Egypt)? Scientific thought and theory, though sometimes not a complete puzzle, has the ability to be affirmed, re-affirmed or completely re-theorized as we continue to discover our place within this grand Responsive Universe. Yeah, I am cool with that….
When we start talking about the Universe in regard to scientific origin it becomes difficult as really we do not have words or equations that can explain such energies and form – especially “pre-Big Bang” scenarios. The latest TV edition of Cosmos with Neil Degrasse Tyson does eloquently explain scientific origin to the fullest extent and it is worth watching. Quantum physics has been resolute in its efforts but there is still so much to learn – like for example how do we combine the worlds of gravity with sub atomic physics – something we have yet to define in equations. From a philosophical standpoint it seems everything is in the form of a Mandala (a revolving circle of inner and outer energy) – whether there is a birth, death and re-birth of new life; whether there is the season of spring which turns to summer, autumn, winter and then back to spring again; karma revolves from actions to reactions as do energy vortexes and chakras. Even storms rotate as do planets, galaxies and cell structure. It seems there is also a beginning, an ending and then a new beginning (regeneration). From a philosophical standpoint the Cosmos would react the same way: Birth (Big Bang) and then death which again would give way to a new birth or Big Bang (over the course of billions of years).
According to the Big Bang, literally the Universe expanded from nothing; a pinpoint of energy so dense math barely supports its ancient existence. There is a paradox here that suggests a more precise definition of nothing. Nothing is a property where there is no mass, no energy, no space, no time, and no life. One would think that in order to have something as vast and tangible, even if it goes beyond the limits of our observations, as the Universe, it could not spring from nothing, but instead have simply changed form to become the Universe we study today. This thinking puts a spin on that age-old paradox – there is no such thing as nothing; there is just everything. Nothing, or our pre-Big Bang state of nonexistence, the number zero, an ego-less state of being in balance with the Cosmos, is part of the Mandala or revolving circle that seems to govern life.
No matter how you look at it, some unknown phenomenon sparked the imbalance that allowed for the possibility of life on Earth. Imperfections in the Universe, the upset of matter over antimatter, provided just the right variables to create conscious life. The concept that imperfection and imbalance are essential to creation is poignant in our lives as conscious, creative beings. As imperfect beings, often striving for “the good life” and perfection, we have created so many amazing things. Yet here we are at the age of enlightenment, so flawed that we have war, economic meltdown, and climate change. Still, there is an imperfect beauty to the whole equation – the birth of a baby, a perfectly sunny day, positive energy and love – these are all attributes born from the interstellar chaos that is the Universe. Within the Universe’s imbalance, there are perfect synchronicities that show us the world can be surreal and idyllic.
It seems that perhaps imperfection as the essential force to the birth of the Cosmos created a world where the way of paradox is the way of truth. Night and day, feast and famine, life and death – the list of paradoxes that govern life seems endless, and ever since we had language, we have spun narratives to explain them. We still seek answers for the greatest paradox, that from nothing came everything, and with detailed scientific explanation still leaving a hole in the narrative of what happened before that first 10-43 second, we continue to look at reasonable conjecture and religion to fill the gap. But maybe there is no gap. There may appear to be a beginning and an ending to every phenomenon in life because that is the way we explain them as stories.
A different explanation to consider is that the truth of paradox isn’t finding the balance between opposites; it is finding the revolving circle that binds them. In other words, there isn’t just simply life and death; there is life and death and a re-birth of life. This narrative still leaves a gap in understanding who or what force set this cycle of life in motion; but the important feature of the Universe it highlights is that we have been born into an amazing Cosmos, and we are all linked to this web of energy that is immense and ever-expanding. This web of energy is our True Nature. No matter how small or insignificant we may be compared to the vast and intricate workings of the Universe, we are still connected and part of the equation. On one side, we have the Universe. On the other, we have ourselves. Not a balanced equation by any means, but the Big Bang shows us that with imbalance, comes a great potential for power and creation. Something to think about….
John C. Bader
Edited by Kim Dzwonkowski
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