Will and Reason


     What am I? Why am I here? And similarly, by extension, what is the universe, and why

is it here? Questions wondered by all, and answered in great extent and variety by

religious leaders and philosophers. Yet to many of us, their answers are found wanting

in many respects, and appear to be, in their very nature, unanswerable. In absolute terms,

verifiable by experiment, at this stage in our evolution, I am sure they are. Yet, this will

not and should not, prevent the search. Toward this end, the following exposition will

attempt to display a line of reasoning which may, along with others, be employed in

this search.


     Modern physics has identified major events back until the first fraction of a second

of existance when the physical laws were established. In that moment parameters

were set which control the binding characteristics of matter and its resultant energy.

The speed of light, the effects of gravity, and other physical forces were then set, and

haven't changed since. These physical laws also define the probabilities of occurence,

and possible forms, of biological life. Minor differences in the natural laws would

produce major differences in the makeup and habitability of this universe. And considering

the multitude of life forms on this planet alone, and our own attainment of (hopefully)

semi-intelligence, it appears likely that the setting of those laws was purposeful.

Therefore, our universe could be considered a finished creation. A creation would imply

a creator.

     The form of the creator allows for only two possibilities, a singular creator, or

multiple creators (possibly a host) with a common will. The singular creator, as director

of the universe, is so far beyond our imagination that Its purpose would be unknowable

and Its designs, unquestionable. Only Its existance outside this universe may be deduced,

as would be that of the multiple creators. Both types of creators would require a time line

of sorts, though not necessarily one with any connection to ours, aside from an intrinsic

need to be filled. The will of either is assumed to be the driving force of creation.

     Multiple creators, or spirits, would need to be of similar being in order to produce the

common will, or harmony, needed to create the universe. Free will would be necessary, as

would a reason to cause its creation. The reason should be expressed in the major aspects

of the universe itself, nature and life. Nature is a magnificent spectacle varying from the

serene to the violently catastrophic, and it produces life. Life is a short experience which

manipulates and is manipulated by, inert matter and other living things. If creating spirits

could enter this universe, they could enjoy the magnificent spectacle of nature. And if they

could enter a living being, they could enjoy the thrills and pains of life.

     Agreed upon rules were required to allow the creation of a universe with inherent

stability. In order to allow the spiritual experience of a living being, rules are also

required for the same reason. Disassociation with the past would be necessary, and

interaction from without must to be kept to a bare minimum.

     This scenario provides relatively easy answers to the questions of 'What am I?', and

'Why am I?'. And also provides explanations for phenomena such as ghosts, prescience,

telepathy, miracles, possession, past lives, multiple personalities, and the vicissitudes

of the various aspects of love. I realize that much of this is circular reasoning in that

existance is used to justify itself, though possibly, it is non-existance that cannot be

justified. Because, finally, the answer to 'How was the original creation created from

nothing?', can only be that nothing does not exist, cannot exist, and can only be sensed

by the imperfect senses of a material world.