A Discussion of "Existence". I have been reading these forums for many days and recently decided to make an account. I have read a vast array of topics ranging from Quantum Physics/Mechanics to Transcendentalism, to Buddhism and I have also learned of some new philosophies. I figure expanding my mind lessens my ignorance. I'm a Sociology major and my personal obsession since my father first explained its concept to me at age 7, has been philosophy. My life has brought me from the ghetto, to the middle class, to the upper middle class. My parents divorced when I was 5, I am the oldest of 4 boys, both parents remarried. Essentially I have 4 families covering 3 seperate reiligions. I think that through my life experiences, some out of body, some quite enlightening, some confusing and mind expanding, that I have grown a lot as a person. I really agree with a lot of posts I see, and some people you can just tell are not with it. To my point more so... The question I always asked, that we all ask, why are we here? What is the meaning of life, how did we get here, what is reality etc..? I started asking these questions as soon as I could form conscious thoughts... It was something innate, like I had done this before. It was a nagging question that honestly I could feel inside of me, it is all I can remember before my first thoughts. Before I could form words, I was asking it. It is my obsession, as it is for all of us in some way or form. As I grew I started asking new questions? What is space what is time? Are there any differences between space and time? I started asking many people questions, I started reading more, but all the arguments kept circling. It wasn't until I started finding NOT answers but instead "Logical" thoughts which could not be dis-proven. As I have read, many of you believe that if it can be imagined, it must not be a paradox, or to rephrase, all things which are a paradox are not a paradox. The foundation of logic, true logic is something that you cannot be taught, as you can't teach common sense. You can gain life experience, but common sense is not something taught, it is innate. Essentially I have come to find a few things after I informed myself. I have read works from many famous philosopher's your forum referenced, studied different religions. I also gained much insight from Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Einstein and others. Be aware, I am not stating this is an answer or even something that you could ever prove, but the mindset, the enlightened mindset, you can reach it, and you can transcend the "non-enlightened or ignorant" train of thought which we are born into. I myself don't really know what religion I am. I guess you could say my religion is an Infinite-Mysticism-Buddhist-Energy Hybrid. I base my beliefs of infinite, life, the universe, time, space. All on the same principle, that these things are intertwined and endless. All these words: Time/Space/Life/Infinite are names we have given to the human perception of what IS. Yet none of them are things we can truly measure. You say you can measure time? No you cannot. You can make a mathematical model which represents OUR perceptions of time, but you can't measure it. As IVAN and some others have said, INFINITE is their form of an All-Powerful God/Being. In truth "Reality" time/space/life/infinite are all the same. They are the result of the attraction of everything from the obscurity of nothing. No matter which theory you believe in or religion, you are here on this planet, existing for what you know to be existence. The big bang, the whatever it is, the "beginning of time/space/existence/life" ALL start at the same time, because before that there was nothing. In order to EXIST in any way, you must CONTRAST to a previous point where there was nothing. In order to be previous you must deduce time and in order for there to be time there has to be us to perceive it. The universe is constantly expanding and thus it had to have begun at some "point". In order to begin, you require time. We EXIST PURELY BECAUSE WE WANT TO. This law holds true for everything and is the governing force behind what we as humans call "LOGIC". It is something so pure and so true that we are all connected by it, this idea of logic as we all know it to be. This thought solving process was originated from the universe we were born into. Our perceptions of our surroundings cause logic. Logic is the precise measure of the exact laws which govern our universe. Essentially it is an inevitable outcome of what exists. Essentially ENERGY/LOGIC/CREATION is the culmination of existence, according to the BBT (big bang) the universe started essentially as energy. (not that this can be proven (the big bang)) Yet, everything you see stemmed from some starting point, some creation, how can everything else not be the resultant factor of some creation? Everything that exists is the result of what brought it into existence. This holds true for the earth, and for automobiles and for space itself. So what was before "time/life/space/us/universe/big bang (aka the first .00000000000001 second of the universe)? NOTHING, there was nothing and because of that NOTHING, energy was born. Something which cannot be created or destroyed. Forth from this energy everything stemmed. Planets, life, elements. Things which all create and develop and change, due to the laws which our universe was created under, this is my CODE if you will. This is the code of everything. Are you not afraid of death? Does the idea of utter nothingness not instill a disposition within you? Energy was born or came into existence based UPON the "paradox" that we did NOT exist! Thus we did exist, because we didn't. This may sound contradictory but why did the earth start as one continent at first? Even if you don't believe in evolution you know that the world was at one point one continent. Things are created because they want to be. This is the nature of energy, of the infinite governing logic which has permeated every pore of EXISTENCE. Thus all paradox's are true =P. Essentially we are the result of the energy that manifested the universe. Thus the Buddhist/Mysticism Ideals play into the equation as this energy being reused would then manifest a new life, and rebirth comes into play. As you can't create or destroy energy. If you know of the Buddhist belief that you can supersede the notion of "Karma" through mind-body enlightenment (freeing of ignorance). I do believe in meditation and the expansion of the mind, like I said, my religion doesn't fully embrace all beliefs of Buddhism. WIKIPEDIA: Code (Text): The Buddha of the earliest Buddhists texts describes Dharma (in the sense of truth) as "beyond reasoning", or "transcending logic", [U]in the sense that reasoning is a subjectively introduced aspect of the way humans perceive things[/U], and the conceptual framework which underpins it is a part of the cognitive process, rather than a feature of things as they really are. "Beyond reasoning" means in this context penetrating the nature of reasoning from the inside, and removing the causes for experiencing any future stress as a result of it, rather than functioning outside of the system as a whole. When you connect with your energy as it exists in the universe and you feel that connection which binds you eternally to everything, you will know. It is not a feeling that can be brought about by drugs or emotion, it is something out of body. It is your purpose and your comfort. When you meet other people who understand it, you will know. You will feel/sense or even see it in their eyes. I hope you all can read this with an open-mind. I'm not trying to disprove anyone, just share an opinion. I know this is vague, as I don't wish to spend all night writing. I could go into further detail.