We can say the universe was created with a big bang but, if we take the view that a separate reality exists outside of our universe, this doesn't answer the question of how all of reality was created. If we explain the causes of the big bang, perhaps by some theory referring to a black hole sea, bouncing brane or mother universe or something, how can we explain what caused the existence of those entities? And if we can explain how they were created, perhaps by some other entity, how can we explain its creation? It's the chicken and egg story. It seems like this is the wrong way to think about 'the creation of everything' but admittedly I am lost. String theory attempts to say that there can be a no more elementary object than a vibrating string. Could this be analogous to a multiverse? I.e. could there be a point where you can trace creation back no further and a single entity created everything, like a multistring or something? Sounds a bit like a God, albeit a multiversal one! However, I don't like the idea of a God mainly because we would still be left with the question of how this entity was created. In fact any attempt to think about the origin of reality seems to end up with the same problem. Maybe humans simply don't have the correct type of intelligence or equipment to approach this question yet and we need to work on it while evolving for a few more million years. Or maybe I should have studied physics at university... Can anyone give me hope? To all you pros; how do you resolve this matter in your head, if only temporarily, to stop you going insane while you study physics, without invoking philosophical paradigms?!