A Theory of the Universe - Greg Tilden
So, I presume that physics generally holds the beliefs that the universe has a starting point, and that the universe is constantly expanding. Now, I am not a physicist, so feel free to criticize me if you are one, but I think it would make sense that the universe is only seemingly infinite, but actually finite in the sense that it may one day collapse, after a gradual decline which would come after a high point in the size and vastness of the universe. The increase and the decrease in space on either side of this chaos-point in the middle would be even on both sides in space and time, forming a sort of eye-shaped universe.
Moving away from physics, if we look at life on earth over the entire time since the Big Bang, intelligence has gotten to “higher” and more complicated levels. What was once a sea roamed only by trilobites now holds dolphins and cruise ships, which may hold many diverse human passengers on them, from a variety of backgrounds with a wide array of knowledge. Not to mention, the added dimensions of technology and politics are relatively new in the scheme of things.
So, we’re looking at an expanding universe with ever-expanding life forms. However, as is clear to see on the news in nearly any country, our world is not a simple place as it once was. It is the human capacity for reason and intelligence which has added many levels of complication to our planet, forcing plant species to die unnatural deaths by DDT, glaciers to melt, and rivers to become polluted with human sewage.
From a political standpoint, look at us now in comparison to the not-so-distant 18th century, where political parties were not nearly as heavily divided. There was, comparatively, political moderation because we were just embarking on our quest of exploitation which we are now fully sailing forward. Our world today can be characterized by a dichotomy of radicals; new right conservatives in America and dictatorships in the east stand on one side, while newer generations of feminists, radical ecologists, mystics, and liberation theologists rest on the other. And the dichotomy is separating at an increasing rate.
If we continue on the path we are currently on, destruction of the human race and all of the life forms of the Earth is imminent. Can we continue to sit back and watch it all unfold? If you are a true Christian, do you really think that God would allow that? If you are interested in mystical thought, it seems that there would be a lot more hope that life will continue. So what is bound to happen?
Well, if my idea of the expansion and contraction of physical reality stands, who is to say that such an expansion and contraction cannot occur in the social and spiritual realm of being? After all, we have certainly seen the evidence of expansion, both intellectually and within the physical universe. Astrology (when you learn the infinite depths that there are to it and do not scoff at the capitalistic, profit-based sun sign readings) shows us that the distant planets all play a very important role in our lives on Earth, whether one chooses to discover that or not. Our collective existence is tied to that of the universe. And at the rate we’re headed, is the chaos-point in the middle of space-time soon to arise? I believe that it is, and perhaps the radical separation between the human race, along with the destruction of our planet which is an effect of this separation, will play a role in it.
Everything beyond this point is simply theorized. I cannot claim to know what sort of destruction or encounter will happen at the middle point of space-time, but I do believe that it will be the most pivotal moment in existence. Perhaps many will die, initiating a necessary change in consciousness, which would take place over as long of a span of time as it took to get to the central point of space-time. But perhaps that will not be the case. Divine intervention? Or a collective, intuitive reconstruction of thought?
Whatever it may be, my optimistic hopes feel that just as life on Earth has become extremely complicated over billions of years, it would be reasonable that the same process would act in reverse, rather than the universe ceasing to exist at a time like now, seemingly out of nowhere. We have progressed to levels of technology and power unfathomable one billion years ago, but the real question lies in the matter of how we utilize that power. Many good things have been done for the Earth, but it is unfortunate that many ills have been committed by those highest in power.
Perhaps if we do symbolically devolve, and not in the sense of rewinding history, nor in the sense of lowering levels of intelligence, we will gradually advance closer and closer to a simpler state, but one in which humanity continues its existence. This simplified existence will hopefully consist of increased awareness, compassion, and love for all of nature around us. Perhaps when the universe finally ends, just as it began, we will have reached a liberated, meditative state of peacefulness, and *poof*. That is the story of the universe.
Just theories, y’know, but I hope that I’m able to offer at least some optimistic or realistic insight to someone. :)