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January 27, 2021

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This whole post is potentially based on a faulty premise:

“at the inescapable fact that existence must always have existed in some form, or the universe we are a part of couldn't have come to be.”

I don’t even agree that this is the acceptable scientific outlook, whose creation story is the Big Bang, before which there was nothing. At an instant everything, all matter popped into existence and slowly over time time that matter gave way to form and structure, but before the bang there was nothing, no form, no existence, nada. That is according to the Big Bang theory.

So ‘no’ the premise of this article is not an ‘inescapable fact’ at all and anyone with any semblance of wisdom should know there are very few if any facts in this world. Also, it seems to me that there are many humans with a consciousness far different from Kuhns.

And even if you subscribed to the belief that something has always existed, dont you find that strange and humbling in itself when nothing else in our human consciousness is capable of doing the same?

We know by experience that everything dies and that eventually all existence will cease due to the scientific law of inertia. We know by experience that everything has a cause and that something can only come from something else.

Yet our knowing and consciousness may be completely limited and wrong if the universe has always existed, is eternal and without cause (ie came from nothing).

This is the one of life’s big questions from where we ain’t got a clue to start and the belief (not fact) posted in this article doesn’t sound to me to be particularly correct or even scientific. It just seems limited.

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.“

What a cruel god we worship. Throwing creatures into this limited reality. Or maybe it’s all in our minds. Maybe “God” didn’t create any of this. Perhaps we should give ourselves some credit.

Try thinking about the fact that space has no end... that’ll keep you up at night.

Where there’s a mind there will always be space and time. And we’re only here because we love justice more than peace.

Existence in one form or anther has always existed. (I think it’s implied in the word itself. 😂)

The forms vary but the principle doesn’t. It is an awe-inspiring thing to consider. Even in the most basic realm energy can neither be created or destroyed. That points to a kind of eternal existence.

But again, I wonder why the majority of humanity worships such a cruel god.


Thanks for this column, Brian. I really enjoyed it.


In science there was this idea: “There was non-existence, nothing, a primordial vacuum. And then a subatomic quantum fluctuation happened giving rise to the cosmos and all beings ....” Whoa, whoa whoa! Non-existence cannot cause a quantum fluctuation. Non-existence cannot give rise to anything because non-existence does not exist.

Non-existence is not a possibility. It’s a mental concept but it can’t happen. Not logically, not philosophically, not actually. Whatever we can talk about or conceive, assumes existence.

What do we know about existence? We know everything there is to know about existence. Why? Because we exist! We know existence perfectly, completely. We just have to check if we exist. If we do then we know existence. If we don’t exist then the question doesn’t come up. So you either know existence fully by being it, or the question doesn’t come up.

Max Planck said existence or consciousness is fundamental, everything else is derivative.

Do we know everything about the derivatives?

No, there is limitless knowledge to be gained about derivatives and appearances.

But we do know everything about existence itself, as a matter of fact, it’s all we know for sure. Everything else could be false. But we know existence exists because even bringing up the question proves it’s there.

Existence has always existed because if it didn't exist, it wouldn't be existence. Existence did not ever NOT exist because that is non-existence. Existence always existed because 'to be' is the very definition of it. Existence cannot existence if it cannot 'be'. So existence can have a beginning and still have 'always existed' because it was never anything else. Existence does only one thing: exist. So when it came into being it existed and has never done anything else, so it always existed.
That existence always existed does not mean that there was never a time before existence, only that existence has always just done the one thing: exist.

Can you prove the existence of innateness without aggregates? If all phenomena existed in permanence then there would be no change. Therefore existence is actually and ultimately empty and nothing or no phenomena originates or exists independently. Can you find your "self" when you search for it?🧚

Correct, @Fairy Pixie, I never said existence meant permanence in the unReal sense.

Here’s something else for you to flit over:

TIME = PERCEPTION

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