Contemplating the journey of all that exists
By Tony Saghbiny
“Everything has a beginning and an end”; most of us believe that that phrase is true, even when we live our lives as if everything is meant to be forever. We all know, deep down, that one day, us, everyone we’ve known, and everything we ever lived and had, will be no more.
It’s a haunting thought; one that kept philosophers and regular folks awake at night for millennia. It becomes even more haunting when we think that it might apply to existence itself: is the universe, and everything and everyone in it, heading towards nothingness? Is all life, destined to flicker its light away into total obscurity like a candle in an eternal night?
The universe itself is intimidating in how rare and fragile life in it seems; huge swaths of dark space, sparsely populated by stars and planets, as if darkness is the essence of existence and life is but a few grains of dust in an ocean.
Over many ages, Philosophy, Science and Religion have all sought an answer to this depressing dilemma, trying to comprehend the destiny of the universe. Contemplating the destiny of the universe is one of the hardest tasks a mind can attempt; but historically speaking, most of our religious and scientific answers to this question fall into two categories: a Linear Universe, and a Cyclical Universe. Continue Reading »