The question, “Why do I exist?” is one of the most common and important questions that we seek to answer once we become self-aware. While we still have a lot to learn when it comes to the laws and order of the universe, it doesn’t seem to stop us from trying to understand why we are all here and what our purpose is.
This question has formed the backbone of countless religions, spiritual practices, scientific studies, organizations, and many interesting conversations.
Jim Holt has decided to ask these questions for himself and see what he can find.
Why does the universe exist and why should I care? What is so important about thinking about how we and the universe came about?
“Why is there something instead of nothing? In other words: Why does the universe exist (and why are we in it)? Philosopher and writer Jim Holt follows this question toward three possible answers. Or four. Or none.” -TEDx
What does that mean to me? Why should I care? Even if you don’t agree with anything this guy says, what is important is that you are asking yourself these key questions.
“It’s enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment.” ― Gabriel García Márquez
Why are we here? If there is a God, then what created God?
If you have studied the Tao it talks about the force that makes all of creation possible. It says that this force is beyond words and concepts.
“The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend personal God and avoid dogma and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things natural and spiritual as a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description. If there is any religion that could cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism.” –Albert Einstein
So perhaps in the end language is too limited and we will need those 5 more Einsteins to help wake us up enough to remember where we really come from.
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