The Paradox of Existence
I think therefore I am...... I am therefore I exist
Some scientists, with astro-physicists leading the way, have gone out on a limb to say flatly that the formation of the universe had nothing to do with God (or any such Supernatural Being). Rather, via the simplest mechanics of quantum physics, sub-atomic particles (photons, electrons, neutrons and their elemental structure called quarks) interacted in some ways to produce what we now perceive as the cosmos. They further aver that a Unified Theory (M theory) could potentially encompass all the known (and yet unknown) laws of physics that rule the inner/outer workings of the universe, thus inferring that the universe was not any grand design by an intelligent being. If so, what does that mean for our existence? Are we then just the happenstance formation of hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, and some other minor elements, that over millions of years evolved into sentient, volitional. creative beings whose existence may not mean much?
If the creation of the cosmos, and the subsequent formation and evolution of life on earth (or any other planets out there that might be located in what scientists call the Goldilock zone of a solar system much like ours) was just a random event, why even produce a specie (Homo Sapiens) that evolved with a brain that has allowed him to ask the when and the how, but most importantly the why of existence. Therein lies the stunning paradox.
Stunning as well, is the reality, now being proposed by the scientific community, of not one but million other universes (multiverse). The potential for intelleigent life on other solar/planetary systems is mutiplied by a factor too unimaginable to contemplate. It seems that humans, in their earthly corner located in a distant arm of the Milky Way galaxy holds no claim to being the center of his universe.... or any other universe for that matter.
Very early on in their history, humans thought that they were at the center of the universe. Until Galileo came along, rare was the human who did not look at his existence in an egocentric manner. Man's ego has been bruised enough by the realization that he is not even the center of this solar system, and now to be told that his formation was never an intentional event, but rather the result of cascading events that in all its multiplicity and complexity had randomness written all over them is just too stunning to comprehend. Events starting with the Big Bang down to the formation of galaxies and the star systems that form those galaxies, to the initiation of intelligent life on a small planet humans call home, now seemed all too paradoxical in what scientist now propose as the non-utility and futility of it all.
Yes "The Big Bang", but was that what really intiated the creation of our universe? Several scientists, with astrophysicists leading the way have started to lay the foundation of a quite different scenario. What they are now proposing is that "The Big Bang" is actually just "a Big Bounce"... some kind of "FLUCTUATION" in space-time continuum. As they conceptualized it, space consists of "discreet units called loops and that its microscopic structure could FLUCTUATE among multiple simultaneous states....and via loop quantum gravity, the BIg Bang would really have been just a "big bounce" from an earlier collapsing universe".
Interesting concept, "Fluctuation" . Stunning too to realize that it was the very same word that Dr Eben Alexander, in his book "The Proof Of Heaven" used to indicate the particular knowledge imparted to him by a Divine presence as the initiating event that created our own universe, during his near-death-experience.
The above discussion seems to lead to the ideal conclusion that the spiritual and the scientific could in fact complement and supplement each other, thus are not mutually exclusive.