Have you ever wondered where the universe came from? And why it’s here at all?
If you’re like most people, you’ve probably thought a lot about it.
That’s why we created this site.
Briefly, we’ll answer:
- What is the universe?
- What exists beyond the universe?
- What created the universe?
- Why is the universe here? (Is there a “purpose?”)
Big questions! But first:
What is “supermetaphysics?”
Fancy word. Simple concept.
First, there’s no point in creating a fancy word if it doesn’t describe something for which there is no word already. I think we can all agree on that.
So first, let’s review why this word is helpful.
- Physics (Latin “physica”), simply put, is our universe. That big thing with stars and dust, made up of particles and vibrations, forces like gravitation, even multiple dimensions. No matter how outlandish or exotic, all of these forces fall under the realm of physics.
- Metaphysics (Latin “metaphysica”: beyond or after physics) is an accepted term for anything that theoretically may exist outside of this physical realm. (Which is why it’s often used to describe the world of the spiritual, encompassing ideas of “god,” or anything that can’t be measured or understood by science.)
- “Supermetaphysics” combines two Latin words, “super” (above) and “meta” (beyond), to give a name to everything: i.e., the physical and metaphysical universes, combined. Being “above” both physical realms, it is what we might also call “whole reality.” The ultimate big picture.
Supermetaphysics, simply put, is EVERYTHING.
I. THE BASICS
The following is an attempt to come to some conclusions about the ultimate nature and purpose the universe.
It attempts to explain:
- Why the purpose of the universe remains so inscrutable
- Why our lives follow measurable (i.e., empirically observable) patterns based on the quality of our actions, and
- Why the universe we perceive looks the way it does
Impossibility of full knowledge of “whole reality” is “by design.”
Although the origin of the universe may one day be discovered, the origins of “whole reality” (or what we call “supermetaphysics”) can never be known. This is by design, as knowing an answer would interfere with free will. However, some aspects of “whole reality” may be deduced. (More below.)
The universe was created as a breeding ground for consciousness.
The universe was created with a purpose: as a breeding ground for consciousness imbued with free will. Consciousness and free will are inextricably linked: one cannot exist without the other. (More below.)
“Evil” (the undesirable) is necessary for consciousness.
“Evil,” at root, is anything we do not wish. (“Evil” is simply the most extreme form of the undesirable.)
“Evil” (bad stuff) is therefore a necessary component of the universe if we are to have free will.
Because without things we do not want, no decisions could be made.
Choice is informed by desire (or preference). Desire is, of course, governed wholly by pleasure and pain. We desire the pleasurable.
Given ANY two choices, ONE of the two must always be slightly preferable.
Without pleasure or pain, there would be no desire, and thus no preference. Do I look left, or do I look right? With no preference, there would be no choice: just a mindless, randomized movement.
No evil (undesirable circumstances) = No preference = No choice to make = No consciousness
And as every thought also involves choice, without preference, thought itself would ground to a halt.
No pain, no consciousness. (Thought experiment.)
Supposition 1. Solar systems are nests.
- The structure of the universe was specifically designed to create a breeding ground for organisms with free will. The key structure of the universe, the solar system, is merely an incubator. Stars are heat lamps. Planets are nests. This flows from the intentional nature of the universe. If the universe was created for the sake of consciousness, then it reasons solar systems were “purpose built,” to create the circumstances for that consciousness.
Supposition 2. The universe is governed by spiritual laws.
- The universe follows spiritual laws. All creatures of free will are hurt or rewarded accordingly. The main spiritual guideline is to nurture others. Our degree of happiness is linked directly and inextricably to how well we achieve this one task. This flows from the solution to the “problem of evil.” (Since we must make choices to be conscious, and the universe was purpose built, it would reasonably follow our choices also follow a contour of larger purpose.)
Supposition 3. Biology follows an evolutionary pattern toward greater consciousness and empathy over time.
- Life evolves naturally in the direction of greater consciousness (greater awareness of — and ability to interact with — an environment) and empathy and nurturing toward others, because all non-nurturing strategies impede life’s evolutionary development. Not only is this a readily observable trend from study of the 600 million-year history of life, but also flows from the above.
Supposition 4. The afterlife.
- Exactly as the origin of “whole reality” can never be ascertained — because it would interfere immediately with our free will — what happens after our lives also must remain inscrutable, or it would interfere with our free will. This is also by design. This also flows from Tenet 1.
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