I was sixteen, or so 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 an infinite, mysterious space, and that humans were living on that spec of dust. I would often wonder, and that was not something my generation was very into, is anyone else out there, or are we the only ones within that infinite cosmic space? I was firmly convinced that could not be so.
The more I questioned the reason behind the existence of humans and the cosmos, the more convinced I was there must be an explanation, and the more mystified I was to realized no one actually cared about that. Instinctively, not for a moment would I consider even the possibility that, as we were told in church, a supernatural god made all this appear out of nothing, and I knew only science could provide a rational logical explanation for everything. However, that explanation was missing, and scientists did not have actually a clue. In fact, 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 just-so miracles of gradualism.
I recently watched a TED Talk by Jim Holt titled "Why does the universe exist?" Much to the disappointment of almost everyone commenting online, he failed to address his own question and focused instead on demonstrating why all the people who had ever issued an opinion on this matter were wrong. As usual, though, while not everything stated along the time by the most brilliant minds humankind has known is true, lots of it is. His argument for dismissing their opinions was only on occasion valid, and he generously left us with plenty of unaddressed stuff to talk about during future TED Talks. Indeed, not everything a scientist says is science or a rational interpretation of facts.
One thing he correctly assessed was that understanding why the universe exists has a direct impact on how we understand the purpose of our being here. What he did not mention was, in turn, that influences the way we exist as a global community, which happens to be the underlining theme of A Time of Change.
When religion or scientists create a false perception of reality, we tend to have an erroneous understanding of the purpose of our being here. Inevitably, we live our lives according to that and the result is the state of crisis humankind has been experiencing for thousands of years now. Correct this little problem, and life on planet Earth will get much, much better as man will live now at his full potential while dedicating his experiencing the material to fulfilling his true destiny. That has to do though with growth in our awareness of the spiritual aspect of reality, with enlightenment.
Without awareness of the true purpose of their being here, Earth humans remain trapped in a survival-of-the-fittest-gets-one-rich-god-loves-me-better-for-my-religion-is-better-than-your-religion kind of mentality. War, ignorance, intolerance and destruction of nature. This is the story of civilization Earth, so far, no thanks to religion, to the positivist materialist scientist, and to our political systems of government. This, however, is a time of change, and the truth will set us all free.