Please read in the order presented in Contents. The first section (My philosophy-15,000 words) may take several days to read. Here is a condensed summary that is half as long. Images in this blog are not my property. If you would like any image credited or removed, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About 37 trillion cells make up the human body. At every moment, each cell performs a multitude of chemical reactions that result in the beating of your heart or the creation of your next conscious thought. A person is nothing but several billion billion billion atoms that are continuously making and breaking electric bonds. We are nothing but particles following the same physical laws as those of an exploding supernova.
Life is beautiful because it represents order in a universe of disorder. It represents a universe that is conscious of itself, a universe that can discover its own laws, explore its own depths, and appreciate its own magnificence. One cell, four billion years ago, has grown into a system that blankets the planet from the highest peak to the deepest trench, a system so aware that it knows the age of its existence and so powerful that it can extract the energy from an atom’s nucleus.
But why? Why is there something rather than nothing? How do we make sense of our reality—of the Universe, of the mind, and of human nature? Perhaps you think we exist in a multiverse, and everything is chance. Or maybe you believe, like I did, that Christ would return and rule the Earth within this lifetime. Whatever your preconceived notions may be, my goal is not to change your mind, but to open your mind. My intention is not to make you think that I am right, but to make you think, for yourself, about your existence. So I ask you to set aside all of your presumptions, and to contemplate and evaluate, with reason, every claim that I make. The following may take several days to read. But in the end, this could be the most enlightening experience of your life. And if true, then it could change the world—forever.
Given human nature, this is the only idea with the potential of unifying humankind. This is the most sensible meaning in our small and fragile existence, the most logical worldview that satisfies our religious intuitions, which so adamantly claim that we are more than some vain cosmic accident. This is my attempt to convince the world that we are part of something worth loving—that our existence is something worth preserving. And this is something that every intelligent being must realize, if its being is to be continued beyond a pale blue dot.
This is the truth, if such a truth exists.
The following could be the answer to life’s deepest questions and the solution to the world’s greatest problems. And so far, I’ve found my argument to be inarguable. Both atheists and evangelicals have come to agree with my conclusions. Nevertheless, all minds are predisposed to find meaningful patterns where there are none. Thus, my philosophy is not fixed but evolving with the progression of knowledge. With trial and error, my worldview now will develop until the moment I die. As Charles Darwin said, “freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of men’s minds which follows from the advance of science.”
“It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are. If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong.” – Richard Feynman