I'm not smart and know nothing of cosmology or physics but I seek an understanding of reality. I'm looking for the simplest explanation for the universe I can find so that I actually understand it. Is the following factual at all? The universe is constantly changing physical matter and energy. This matter and energy occupies space and changes over time. Therefore, the universe is matter/energy occupying space/time. However, sometimes the matter and energy that we perceive appears to exist in a non-random form. This is illustrated by the sight of a whole spiral galaxy. To explain this phenomenon, we created the physical/scientific laws of the universe. Therefore, the overall universe, as far as we currently know, is the following: Physical matter/energy occupying space/time subject to natural physical/scientific laws.