I was sixteen, seventeen years old when I became very aware of, and intrigued by the existence of the universe, by the fact that our completely insignificant size-wise planet Earth was floating within its infinite space, and that us humans were living on that spec of dust. Also, was anyone else out there, or were we the only ones within that infinite cosmic space filled with many other stars and planets? I would passionately perorate on this subject for hours, when not talking about girls, almost every day, on the way back from school, walking next this very quiet, probably stunned and confused good friend of mine, as we were strolling the quaint, tree-lined streets in the vicinity of the Royal Palace area of Bucharest, Romania.
The more I questioned the existence of humans and cosmos, the more convinced I was there must have been an explainable cause behind everything. Not even for a moment I would consider, though, the possibility that some kind of supernatural god made all this appear out of nothing. The notion of miracle was a fantasy without any basis in reality, something not worth taking into consideration by a rational mind.
I was firmly convinced science could provide a rational logical explanation for the existence of everything. However, that explanation was missing, for now. Instinctively, I perceived the theory of evolution as something that made as much sense as the story about god creating the world in six days by simply snapping his divine fingers. There was not much of a difference between the miracles of the Genesis and the miracles of Darwin's gradualism.
So why should we bother answering these kinds of questions?
Recently, I watched a TED Talk by Jim Holt titled "Why does the universe exist?" Much to the disappointment of almost everyone commenting online, he did not address his own question, and focused instead on demonstrating why all the people who had issued an opinion on the matter in the past were wrong. As usual, while not everything stated along the time by some of the most brilliant minds humankind has known is true, lots of it is. On that note, his argument for dismissing their opinions was only on occasion valid, which left us with plenty of good stuff to talk about during future TED Talks.
One thing he correctly assessed, though, was the fact that understanding why the universe exists has a direct influence over how we understand the reason why we are here. It my opinion, in turn, that changes the way we operate at an individual level and as a global community, which happens to be the underlining theme of A Time of Change. Related to that, another thing I watched in the past weeks was a documentary called "Mad Hot Ballroom."
The film by director Marilyn Agrelo and writer and producer Amy Sewell was awarded Best documentary at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2005, plus a number of other awards. It is about a group of 11-year old students participating in a ball room dance program ran by the New York City public school system, and how that caused significant improvement in terms of their behavior and of their academic results.
So do the questions of why does the universe exist and of why do we exist relate to the fact that fifth-graders from Bronx taking up ball room dancing classes experienced positive change in their attitude toward life and themselves?
When the kids coming from underprivileged families were given a purpose in life, their life became meaningful, they had a goal to accomplish, they applied themselves toward accomplishing that goal, and in the process they discovered lots of new things about their true potential. That brought joy to them, to their families, and their success story inspired all of us.
Without awareness of the true purpose of our being here, Earth humans remain trapped in their materialistic ambitions, which is the main cause behind the constant state of crisis we have been experiencing for thousands of years, no thanks to religion, to the positivist materialist scientists, or to our political systems of government.
Finding the answer to the question of why does the universe exist is directly related to unveiling the true purpose of our being here, of our origin, and our destiny. Once we become aware of that, the way we experience the material, the way we exist on this planet would radically positively change. This is a proven fact revealed by the entire history of civilization Earth.