Why Do We Exist?
We all have different hypotheses as to why we exist, some of us believe that we exist because of greater power and others believe it’s just happenstance. Whatever your belief might be, this post is for those who want to know why we exist and what our purpose is in life.
People believe that we exist because of God or some other form of a higher power. There are many theories as to why this is so, but I found the one most interesting to be the big band theory. This theory was first presented by an astronomer named Heinrich Olbers. Who put forth the idea that we exist in the center of a finite universe and that around this nucleus is an infinite expanse of empty space. But if God created the universe, wouldn’t there only be stars and planets? Not to mention black holes, dark matter, and other such celestial objects.
This theory could also explain where all the mass came from because it would be “littered” throughout space. And since the universe is constantly expanding, traveling through this infinite expanse of nothingness over an infinite amount of time could result in a speck containing not much more than hydrogen and helium forming around said nothingness. This would create stars and planets surrounding the emptiness which could give birth to live. It is possible that this concept could have inspired the theory of the big band.
“I believe that this is an attempt to explain why we are here, but I don’t agree with it entirely because even though there are many stars and planets in our galaxy, there are also several other galaxies out there, so how do you know that your speck in this infinite expanse of nothingness, that is constantly expanding, will become a star or a planet?”
“So far I’ve written about why we exist and what the big band theory is. I’m not sure where to go from here but I think that it’s important to address the fact that if God created the universe, then how are there black holes dark matter, and other such celestial objects?”
We’re like Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz,” on a long journey in search of the Wizard to return home, who discovers that the answer is within her all along. The farther we look into space, the more we learn that life’s and existence’s secrets can’t be discovered by examining spiral galaxies or witnessing distant supernovas. It lies within us and we simply need to open our eyes to see it.
“I think that this quote is powerful since it provides a sense of hope and the fact that we will never be able to discover everything about existence.”
Theory-1 On Why Do We Exist?
There are many theories on why we exist. Some people believe that we exist because of God or some other form of a higher power. As stated earlier, there are also other theories such as the Big Band Theory and it is possible that the theory of the big band may have inspired this one. The theory was first presented by an astronomer named Heinrich Olbers. Who put forth the idea that we exist in the center of a finite universe and that around this nucleus is an infinite expanse of empty space.
He believed that this infinite expanse of nothingness over an infinite amount of time could result in a speck containing not much more than hydrogen and helium forming around said nothingness which could give birth to live. It is possible that this concept could have inspired the theory of the big band.
“I believe that this is an attempt to explain why we are here. But I don’t agree with it entirely because even though there are many stars and planets in our galaxy. There are also several other galaxies out there.”
People believe that we exist for many different reasons such as God, the big band theory, and many other theories. One of those theories is that we exist because of a speck in an infinite expanse of nothingness that will eventually become a star or a planet.
“I think that this statement is powerful since it provides a sense of hope and the fact that we will never be able to discover everything about existence.”
When people think about how they exist in the universe, many wonder why. Scientists have come up with several theories on why we exist.
We’ve taken such a long look at the rest of the planet that we no longer question its legitimacy. Here is the Universe: our senses tell us that atoms and galaxies exist 14 billion light-years away. Yet we can’t see with our rational eye that reality is merely a collection of sensations bound together by principles that exist in our knowledge. We see the world as it is, without our seeing, and this is why we don’t question its existence.
“We are too satisfied with our sense organs,” Loren Eiseley remarked. “It is no longer enough to see as a man sees — even to the ends of the universe.” Our radiotelescopes and supercolliders simply extend our mind’s perceptions. We only see the finished product. We cannot see our brain as a material organ that constructs knowledge. However, we can appreciate how it works by turning on its own processes and examining the networks of neural circuits that project a virtual reality onto a physical backdrop.
How Do We Think?
Our ability to comprehend this knowledge compels us to describe it in words. We have come to accept that words merely stand for something else, so when describing reality or “truth,” we use symbols and concepts that are necessary for our survival. Symbols are archetypes that assist us in describing events or things to others. We can now understand why symbols and metaphors are. So important for the evolution of our language, cultures, religions, and sciences.
Metaphors serve as analogies that allow us to project ourselves into unoccupied territory. Without them, we would only be able to describe what we know and we would be unable to create new ideas or theories. They provide a powerful mechanism for creativity and imagination. This is why we depend on them and the stories they inspire in order to understand our universe (and perhaps even ourselves) better.
“The metaphors of science are false if taken as literal descriptions of what nature is really like. Yet they are not false if taken as devices which enable us to think more easily and fruitfully about nature.”
Opinions On Why We Exist
People are well aware that we do not know why we exist and can not directly talk about what we exist for. However, different opinions made me wonder why people would get so upset by a question that obviously nobody can answer. Even if this were not the case though, there is something more to being alive than just existing because you exist. It can be said that everything exists for a reason, even the universe itself. The question of what that reason is however is still something that we haven’t figured out yet.
The opinions state things like “why do we call it ‘reality’ when it’s only our perception?” and so on. And this is an important question to ask. Because maybe our perception itself is something that we can further research and better understand. But the important thing here is not really about why things are as they are. But rather how we can use this knowledge to improve ourselves and learn more about the world around us.
In my opinion, it’s fine to have questions that don’t have answers. If there are no questions, then what are we supposed to do? Sitting in a room and pondering about life’s ultimate question is something that may not be of any practical use. I think that it’s better to try to figure out how the human mind works and what its limitations are. So maybe one day we will have better tools to figure out things.
Reflections- Why Do We Exist?
Just like the title suggests, there are many different ways one can “validate” their existence. A common way to do this though is to try and find meaning and purpose in life. And it’s something that people struggle with for many different reasons.
It could be due to the fact that we’re simply too busy. If we think about our lives as an endless list of things to do. Then it’s understandable why we don’t have time for contemplation.
On the other hand, some people are able to find meaning in their lives by taking things that provide them happiness or satisfaction. It can be anything from doing art, playing video games, swimming, running, having a pet dog. The list goes on and on.
We have a process called “self-actualization” that occurs when we’re trying to fulfill our potential. This can be done by doing what we know best and mastering a specific skill. Or it could mean that we discover our true passions in life. In any case, it’s something that allows us to not only exist. But also feel fulfilled and satisfied with what we have accomplished.
A person can observe this in children, who are full of curiosity and energy specifically. Because they’re discovering new things every single day. What happens when this child grows up? Do the senses that allowed them to explore the world around them no longer exist? Well, yes and no. In a sense, our senses do change, and the things we once found enjoyable don’t seem all that exciting anymore.
However, it’s also true that our minds are constantly evolving and changing over time. We begin to think about our lives in different terms; i.e., I feel like I should go get a degree because this will open up more opportunities for me.
We exist to explore the world, learn about it and share our experiences with others. There is so much out there that we don’t know or understand yet! The more you explore your surroundings, the more you will be able to better understand them. With this in mind, take a moment today to appreciate what’s around you. Because tomorrow may not come for some people.
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