Written By: Peter Burnell
The universe is infinite, it has no end. Surely then if it has no end it must not have a beginning? A mixture of time and space maybe but there is a lot of truth in those words. Something that is infinite must be everlasting. I had better elaborate a little on that so you might understand where I am coming from.
Space is measured by distance whether height, width and depth. The universe’s measurement in this scheme would be infinity, infinity and infinity and no matter where you stood in the universe the answer would be the same. The universe you see is beyond distance and so no matter where you are you are always at its center. Quite a hard thing to get your head around just like the idea of infinity itself. When most people think of infinity they equate it with Pi (3.141 etc, etc, etc). It’s a noble equation but to save confusion I would like to bring in another number, the square root of ten or 3.333etc. Now this number goes on for infinity, it will never change. It has a beginning but no end. Now imagine standing on the 3 with .333etc radiating from you every direction imaginable. There is no beginning and neither an end. Yes it is amazing what you can do with mathematical formula. The universe can not expand only our conscious understanding of it can. Any movement detected by us must therefore be internal fluctuations.
So now hopefully having grasped what infinity actually is we come to ponder how it came to be. Surely from a time point of view it must have had a beginning? You would think so but to have a starting point you must first have a point to start from and that is the centre. Yes I am afraid that our understanding or our universe (going back to the equation) is still on 3 and we will not expand any more until we get that point.
The Purpose of Being
If you can accept that the universe is beyond time your next step to understanding must surely be to find the purpose of it. Before, we were content to think that it just appeared from nowhere and grew and grew until it will eventually reach its limit and contract. The only real purpose I could define would be just to waste a little time. Now though knowing that it must be eternal opens up new possibilities of potential growth. What do we actually know about it for a start? Not much, dark matter and energy aside the only thing we really know is it generates life. Now as the universe is infinite it would be reasonable to assume that the process we are going through is replicated in many other places and that we have a universe abounding with life. A bit of a leap of faith to some and to those this next point will be a giant leap for mankind, life generates life. The universe though not only generates life it generates through the solar systems the conditions for life to exist so maybe that is its purpose. Who really knows? I am just content to know that it is infinite, eternal and life giving and bring in the concept of comparative reasoning to fill in the gap of God.