Why do we exist?
How did the universe come about? What was before the big bang? How did matter and energy get to the point where the Big Bang took place?
A God-Creator is a convenient but not a satisfactory explanation since such a Creator must also have been created by someone.
The argumentation of the monotheists on this objection is then that a god is a god and does not need a creator, he simply exists forever beyond time and space, and that he would simply be beyond our imagination, and that's the end of it.
But one can then of course also argue the other way round: If a god can exist without having a creator or an origin, the universe can also exist without a creator and without beginning or end.
But the universe is also part of something bigger: namely, reality!
Reality is everything that we believe to actually exist. But what does exist and what does not exist? How do we think we know that something exists or does not exist?
We believe things exist because we can perceive them. We can see, hear, feel, taste or smell them. We can measure or record them with apparatus; or we believe the reports and records of other people who are trustworthy to us about these things.
There are also things that we cannot record, measure, or perceive in any way, and whose existence we believe to be proven only on the basis of logical inferences. The things that we dream or hallucinate also exist as such, but they are not part of reality.
But what gives us the certainty that the so-called "real" world is the one that really exists, and that the world of dreams, on the other hand, is not real?
Reality is like a dream that we all share together and that keeps recurring after each waking up until one day you don't wake up again.
So that the reality dream can be lived out by so many individuals and existences together, it must be subject to strict logical rules that apply equally to everyone, everywhere and at all times.
In an individual dream, events do not have to have logical consequences or causes. In reality, however, this is a prerequisite for us to be able to act and exist with one another at all.
Just as in reality the organs and cells of an organism have to work together according to certain rules so that it can develop at all, atoms, planets, galaxies and the universe also need general laws of nature for their formation, their existence and their change. But you can also define it like this:
"Reality" is the space and time that we experience when we are "conscious"
The so-called "consciousness" in everyday language usage is the essential criterion for us, according to which we decide subjectively whether what we experience and perceive is "real" or not, such as dreams or hallucinations under the influence of drugs.
We have no evidence that reality (other than a dream) really exists. We just have our own subjective perception of what we call "reality," and we see the sustained interaction with other conscious individuals as confirmation that what we perceive is "real".
We have new dreams every night. Some dreams are also repeated or have continuations. But only one dream comes back for all of us together after every awakening: And this dream is called "reality"!
As we now see, things that are "real" can only exist under certain conditions. They must be made of matter or of energy, or of the interaction of matter and / or energy.
Matter and energy can change, and one can change into the other, and vice versa, but in sum, their total amount was and always remains the same within the universe. Nothing is lost and nothing is added, and everything has always been there in some form, as far as we can think back in time.
If we start from the beginning of all things, the question arises as to how all this came about. However, if everything has always existed and always will, the question arises as to why it is there at all.
Things that are not "real", such as things in dreams, on the other hand, do not need any physical conditions in order to be able to exist. within which they can exist. They do not even necessarily need and bring about a logical sequence of events. They are simply there because they can be imagined by Whom or Whatever.
But if we now assume that the so-called reality only exists in the imagination (though in the common imagination of an immeasurably large number of individuals together), then real things can just as well exist out of nothing as non-real (but merely imagined or dreamed up) ) Things.
But how can anything (real or non-real) exist at all?
Let's go to the beginning: not the beginning in terms of place or time. But the origin, the absolute zero point of every idea: The NOTHING!
By "nothing" I mean not just the absence of any matter and energy, not just the absence of time and space, but also the notion of an observer's idea of this NOTHING.
NOTHING is just nothing; it is not; in an absolute way
And you are not either, dear reader! With this, every further thought, every feeling, every perception and every consciousness of you ends.
Where there is NOTHING, an infinite amount does not exist; so EVERYTHING does not exist!
But the non-existence of EVERYTHING alone harbors the possibility that EVERYTHING could also exist.
The hypothetical possibility that something could exist (or could not exist) is already identical in NOTHING with its existence (or non-existence).
Since there is nothing in NOTHING that could restrict or condition the existence (or non-existence) of EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING is in NOTHING (and EVERYTHING is not at the same time).
The ALL / NOTHING is all-encompassing
Existence and non-existence are (not) at the same time.
Space, time, matter, energy, laws of nature, people, animals, souls, our universe, the multiverse, reality, dreams, the gods, the origin, our consciousness etc ..., these are all just connections or infinitely small Subsets from the infinite possibilities of ALL / NOTHING.
Every thing in this all / nothing can be seen in relation to one or more other things. Each of these relationships is its own reality and / or consciousness. It is these relationships that reveal a particular order in the infinite everything.
While dreams and ideas often fall apart after a short time and are only created by a single consciousness, our so-called "reality" is so logically and strictly organized that it has survived billions of years and that an immeasurably large number of things and individuals can have a part in it.
We individuals are part of EVERYTHING / NOTHING and we are at the same time the whole of everything. We are part and creator of our world at the same time, and we again do not exist.
We can exist in our "reality" because it does not actually exist, and we ourselves do not exist either.
If there is nothing, everything can be; and what can be is everything in nothing! (Reader's comment, Thomas Herzig, derStandard.at, June 20, 2011)
Thomas Herzig, born in 1965, works as an architect / inventor / entrepreneur, he specializes in inflatable buildings, furniture and sculptures.
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