The “Always-Present” Contents of the Universe
As already cited repeatedly, matter never disappears from this universe. What we see in our daily life is just a change of form or a change in the configuration of the formative-particles or sub-atomic particles of an existence, with each of these particles having its own “feeling of existence,”
Entities with memory are something scarce in this universe. What about the other contents of the universe that also have “the feeling of existence”? Of course they do not at all have the ability to recall the changes they have undergone. What they do feel is only that they are constantly at “the present time,” or to be more precise, they “feel” that they are “always present.”
Is there any other way by which we could easily visualize these contents of the universe that are, regardless of where they are, “always-present” or “constantly at the present time”?
The illustration of the minimized universe with celestial objects in it provided below will perhaps ease understanding. To further facilitate comprehension let us take these celestial objects to be our selves.
Let’s assume that the white dots are us, human beings, that initially were in condition A, and that later moved to transform ourselves into condition B.
Notice how the feeling of being at “the present time” that we had when we were in condition A persists even after we are in condition B. Why is that?
Because when we were in our A condition we made no attempt to recall our memory. Similarly, when we are now in our B condition, we also do nothing to recall our memory. It is as if we were mere objects with no memory. This strongly proves that it is only by our act of recalling our memory that we develop such an assumption as that the past does exist. By implication, therefore, the only feeling that we have when we are in a state of not recalling is that we are always at “the present time” or in “the present condition.” It is all this that gives us warrant to say that our belief in the various periods of the past condition stems from the very fact that we have memory with which to recall things.
How then are we to explain about our childhood if there is no such a thing as “the past” or “the past condition”? The answer: Man grows through the various changes of “his present condition”—changes that he feels, yet that are always at “the present time.”
The extraordinary thing here is that while on the one hand man keeps undergoing various “changes of condition”—just the way we do now—on the other hand, he has throughout his life been consistently feeling that he is in “the present condition.” No matter whatever changes he may have gone through or experienced, he always feels it as “the present condition.” The only way by which he has come to “know” that “the past condition” that he has once gone through/experienced does exist is through his memory.
As an example, let’s consider one of our daily life experiences: When we get up in the morning, what is really happening is that we are leaving our condition of being asleep and coming into a condition of being conscious. The condition of being asleep has turned into a condition of being awake, but since we are “always present” we are able to constantly and alternately feel all these conditions that we have passed, yet as one that is “a present condition.” Thus, even though one condition “has turned into” another condition, we still feel this new condition as “the present condition.” It is only through our memory that we have come to assume that whatever we have experienced to be “a past condition,” which in this particular example is “the condition of being asleep” during which may be having some dream. So, when and where is “the past” or, to be more exact, “the past condition”?
(Relate this to the illustration above).
Our assumption that “the past” or “the past condition” does exist is no more than a mere result of our having memory, by which we able to retrace all those “past conditions” that have left their impressions in our brain as memories. The fact is that we simply do not have “the past condition,” because all our life we are constantly in “our present condition.” How then could we be so naïve as to say that “the past condition” does exist, despite our claim that all our life we are constantly in “our present condition”? Again, it needs to be emphasized here that since man is destined to have memory, he has, for the sake of the advancement of his ways of thinking in the general areas of his life, to accept the use of such terms as “the past condition,” “the present condition,” and “the future condition.”
This explains why celestial objects, existences without memory, feel, with the “feeling of existence” they have, that they are “always present.” In other words, with the “feeling of existence” they have, they know no such things as “the past condition,” “the present condition,” and “the future condition.” This given, anyone who believes that the three conditions do exist is thus faced with this crucial question: What do these objects have with them with which they may know their “past condition”?
We, human beings, sometimes find it difficult to avoid using words that do not appropriately represent their real meanings. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do about this. There admittedly are times when we inevitably have to live with all those limitations posed by our language and deep-rooted customs. Very often, it is those words of which there are no exact definitions that are easier to use. The phrase “always in ‘the present condition’,” for instance, is easier to interpret than is the phrase “always-present." But is it possible for us to have an exact definition of the phrase “the present condition,” or can we understand the actual condition? Unfortunately, however, there is no way by which we could establish an accurate definition for the phrase “the present condition,” for the only reason that the speed at which changes occur in this universe is extremely tremendous.
Remember how great the speed is of those electrons that form the contents of the universe! As soon as you say “pre. . .,” and before you can even finish saying the whole word “present,” the whole content of the universe, including our selves, has undergone tremendous changes. Consider how the sub-atomic particles in our bodies subject themselves to changes by circling their nuclei approximately a hundred million billion times a second. The time an electron takes to rotate around its axis once is obviously much much less than the time we need to say the word “present.”
Now, take for example, you are at this very moment reading this book. Naturally, what you see, besides this book, is your desk and the wall in front of you, all seemingly “static.” The fact, however, is that amidst that apparent stillness of your surroundings there are the movements, extremely subtle and fast, of the sub-atomic particles that form the whole content of the universe, including the seemingly static things around you. Unfortunately, however, our eyes simply do not have the ability to see all these.
Let’s take some time to imagine this. The whole content of the universe consists of sub-atomic particles, each of which has its own “feeling of existence” and keeps moving about. Consequently, as already mentioned above, these sub-atomic particles know no such thing as “the past condition.” “Consistently present” in such a condition, they unite with each other in a variety of combinations of “feeling of existence,” thus bringing into existence the multifarious forms of beings—ranging from the simplest beings to the most complex ones, e.g. man— that now make up the contents of the universe.
This is reasonable enough, because man has his assumptions. And being in possession of “memory,” he is certainly at liberty to make his own assumptions of not only his self but also the rest of the contents of the universe. He, therefore, can assume that “the past,” “the present,” and “the future” exist. This “feeling of existence” of the contents of the universe, including man, does not, however, last forever. It is only the “feeling of existence” of their formative-matter which, very much in compliance with the law of mass and energy conservation, remains eternal.
Indeed, there is a theory of the Second Law of Thermodynamics—the Law of Entropy—that says that the universe is decaying. But then, even if this theory is true, the process must have required an extremely long time that it simply does not have any effect on all the things explained in this book. One more thing: the statement that the universe is decaying itself implies that the universe is in the process of transforming itself from one that is “existent” into one that is “non-existent.” It is quite possible that the term “non-existent” has come into play here only because men have to date not yet been able to discover the why’s and how’s of the disappearance of a particular “existence.” Is it not possible that this particular “existence” had—at a time when the characteristics of its “basic matter” had not shown themselves up yet—undergone retransformation, thus causing it to reassume its original being as the pre-Big-Bang “basic matter” of the universe, which consequently leads men to think of it as “non existent”? We shall, therefore, stick to the first Law of Thermodynamics, i.e. the law of mass and energy conservation, in our attempt to clarify the whole content of this book. (Why? Because the theory strongly supports any assumptions we have had of the Omnipotence of God. See also Paradigm for Peace, a book written by the same author).
Now, what is the relationship between our selves—entities which are made up of the basic matter that is always present in this universe—and the changing condition, both the one inside and that outside our bodies?
As already described earlier, the whole content of the universe is made up of the same basic matter, among which is the sub-atomic particles. As thus, human beings, the objects around them, and also the celestial objects must be made up of similar sub-atomic particles. By implication, therefore, all “provisions” concerning basic matter must apply equally to every sub-atomic particles, regardless of whether it is inside or outside the human body.
The sub-atomic particles in our bodies, such as electrons, neutrons, protons, etc. naturally behave in very much the same way as all other sub-atomic particles in this universe. All electrons, both the ones inside and those outside our bodies, will revolve around their nuclei, and their atoms will also vibrate simultaneously, each behaving precisely the way the others do. All entities in this universe, particularly the ones that are visible to us, are but the different configurations of the myriads of combinations of the various basic matter. What man is experiencing is actually only a change of configuration. It is only because of the change of the combination of his formative matter that he grows bigger, or becomes smaller, or changes his position by moving from one place to another. It can thus be said that any movement made by an entity or any change of condition it experiences is caused, either directly or indirectly, by its formative matter.
Example: An electron revolving around a group of nucleus with a particular combination will turn into an atom of hydrogen. Eight electrons revolving around a group of nucleus with a particular combination will form an atom of Oxygen (O). The combination of an atom of oxygen (O) with two atoms of hydrogen (H) will result in the formation of a molecule of water (H2O). The combination of a large number of molecules of water can result in a change of condition in a region, e.g. thick fog, torrential rain, and even flood.
In addition to this, he will also be influenced by the myriads of configurations and the varied combinations of the various basic matter of the rest of the contents of the universe around him, e.g. a strong wind, an earthquake, the ebb and flow of the sea, the rotation of the earth around its own axis, the revolution of the earth around the sun, etc.
Similarly, the movement of living creatures is largely determined by the basic matter that forms their bodies. Example: Because man’s body is made up of approximately 70% of water or H20 molecules, his body will quite naturally undergo a change of condition if something goes wrong with its H20 molecules.
A drastic loss of the H20 molecules of his body due to diarrhea or other diseases, for example, can cause him to suffer from dehydration, which can eventually result in his death.
From the examples given above it can also be said that the age of a person is largely determined by the basic matter that forms his body. This gives us reason to assert that since both man and his natural surrounding are made up of the same basic matter, there definitely exists an inseparable link between man’s body and his natural surroundings. That is why man experiences what he is experiencing now, but since he is made up of the same basic matter, he therefore also experiences the feeling of “always being present” or “always being at present” throughout his lifetime.
Admittedly, however, the writer himself had once before also been wondering, “Why is it that we can feel the presence of only our selves? Why is it that we cannot feel the presence of others the way we feel the presence of our selves? Later, after some profound thought, he has somehow managed to come up with the following explanation: Man can feel his very existence only because of the presence of his body-forming basic matter, which, in each individual, varies in number, type, and composition. As thus, each individual can naturally feel only the existence of his own body. This is particularly true, because the “feeling of existence” of each individual is the collective feeling of the various matter that forms his body and that which has caused him to develop a feeling of existence that is unique to him. In other words, you will never be able to feel what the senses of your wife, your friend, or your son feel. You will not be able to feel the pain or the pleasure that someone else is feeling, because the one who experiences that feeling is the other person, whose combination and configuration of basic matter is quite different from yours.
Even if both of you are simultaneously experiencing a particular feeling, be it pain or pleasure, neither of you can feel what the other is experiencing. This is because “the feeling of existence” each of you has originated from “the feeling of existence” of different combinations and configurations of your body-forming basic matter.
What about Man, who can in no way achieve such eternity as the universe? One thing for certain is that the contents of the universe, be they objects, plants, animals, or even human beings, are all made up of the same materials, i.e. the sub-atomic particles. It is only because of their particular combinations of matter that they are given different names. When we die, however, all the body-forming matter will either decompose or be reduced to ashes (as in cremation), and eventually transform itself into other kinds of matter or energy and scatter all over the universe. Such being the case, it is quite possible then that at this very moment a part of the body-forming matter of your deceased relatives is inside the body of a worm, an insect, or inside a plant, or perhaps even inside the body of another person. Who knows?! If this is true, it is quite possible then that the term reincarnation, which in ancient times had been seen as a very simple concept, does have an extremely deep meaning in today’s minds. Thus, even though the combined body-forming matter that constitutes the human body is not at all eternal, yet the sub-atomic particles themselves are essentially eternal.Under no circumstances will this matter disappear from the universe (“law” of mass and energy conservation). Instead, it will continue to exist, though in a different condition, while transforming itself into various “combinations of matter” and combinations of “feeling of existence” in this universe.
“Time,” which is considerably associated with movement, speed, acceleration, changes, etc., has become part of our daily life. Various apparatuses for measuring time can now be seen on the wall of every house, and the wrists of people and, in fact, in almost all electronic equipment. Time has become a topic of our daily conversation, seemingly becoming an integral part of our life. Certainly, it would just be impossible for us to get rid of it. All we can do is to add new meanings to it.
Now that we have come thus far in our discussion, it would perhaps be worthwhile for us to question the legitimacy of the word “time” and all that it stands for. It is perhaps worth noting here that the consequences of any misconception of such a phenomenon as discussed above could be far-reaching. Apart from the above-mentioned issues, new theories could possibly emerge from this misconception, which in the long run would lead us further astray to the extent that we would find it difficult to imagine and accept the presence of an eternal entity. This should be no surprise at all: So accustomed are we to changes that every time a change occurs to something, we are inclined to ask questions about its previous condition. Thus, by accepting that both “time” and “the past condition” do not exist, we shall find it easier to accept the presence of “the something” that is always present. By removing the shackles of “time” and “the past condition” from our selves, we may find it easier to accept that the whole universe is constantly undergoing a holistic change of condition and continues to remain existent in eternity.