Unified Theory of Everything
Can the energy of the human spirit be the key to connect us to the universe?
Posted Sep 09, 2018
If the concept of a "Unified Theory of Everything" is viable, what conditions must exist to make it so?
It must include morality in some form, both the light and the dark sides, both good and evil, because it must reflect the truth about humanity—its sometimes irrational and conflicted nature.
If such a concept exists, it must have always existed. If it is invisible at the moment, there must be one or more layers that we do not understand or can perceive from our conscious mind. By definition, this layer or these layers must function to connect and integrate all the energies of our universe. How do we conceive of such a concept? Since our awareness is limited, the brain’s conscious intellectual ability to process information rationally, i.e., based on prior knowledge and experience, is not enough to achieve a state of understanding. What other tools might we have that we currently undervalue or are ignorant of? What are the signs of truth that might appear to be irrational or incomprehensible, from the perspective of humans?
Who among us might have glimpsed the truth of such a theory? What about artists and people we currently consider as “mentally handicapped”? How do artists perceive the world? The most radical ones show us visions of a world most of us can’t even imagine or understand when we see their work and their interpretations. Why are artists capable of such visions? Do they see more clearly, more honestly what is? Or is their ability to perceive distorted by mental disturbances in their brains? Some artists do claim that they aspire to show us truths the rest of us cannot see. Surely, a Unified Theory of Everything should explain an ultimate truth that should be self-evident, once revealed.
What about religious models of the world? Could they actually reflect such a concept? Do they attempt to wrap a level of understanding, even if that is labeled as a “mystery”, as is presented in the Catholic tradition? Do we feel more comfortable having a (familiar) label to help us believe in something that is so intangible that it is impossible to comprehend fully? In the Judeo-Christian tradition, isn’t God, the mysterious power and nature of God, responsible for the creation of everything? We are urged to simply have faith in God, to believe that faith is the answer to all our (human) questions. At the same time, in spite of His Omnipotence, God chooses to allow humans to exercise free will. How does free will relate to truth? Wouldn’t the energy of God connect everything to everything?
If we believe each of us has a soul, an indestructible, eternal spiritual kind of energy that transcends time, then might the collective power of our combined souls be evidence of this Unified Theory of Everything? Is this one way to think of reincarnation, the belief that human death is but a transition to a different context and kind of experience of life? If we believe in the concept of a soul, is it such a stretch to think that our souls can communicate with each other in some way? That would address the human dimension, but not everything else, so this line of reflection can’t include Everything, unless we add a belief that Everything has an “essence”, a layer of some kind of energy that we don’t perceive or understand.
The fundamental principles of quantum physics raise another dimension, literally, of what we perceive as reality. If we could actually perceive Everything at an atomic or even sub-atomic level, what would we see? If we could see the interaction of the irreducible building blocks of reality, wouldn’t Everything simply be different patterns of interaction of these fundamental blocks? If we accept that, then even the concept of a “fundamental block” is just another description of some pattern of energy interaction.
This philosophical exercise has lead to a paradoxical outcome. We can’t understand what is beyond our ability to comprehend. If we break down the concept of what is unknown into the tiniest irreducible components, aren’t we back in the realm of the energy of thought? Our thoughts certainly do bring some of us together, and can also be communicated and interpreted in ways that are used to keep us apart, at least in the physical dimension of our reality.
Here is an intriguing parallel to the entrepreneurial journey. A handful of the most creative, visionary entrepreneurs do believe they are seeking some truth about people and about the world. They naturally are evangelists, sharing their passion, hoping to show the rest of us a world that only they can see. They must translate their vision, find or create language(s) that can bridge their level of understanding and ours. Isn’t the power of thought that takes language to comprehension an example of the Unified Theory of Everything at work?
If you are still reading this article, something in the energy of my thoughts is attracting your attention. What does that mean? Those who gave up after the first couple of sentences or paragraphs didn’t choose to follow the logic. Perhaps they felt there is no logic, no purpose or meaning in my rambling thoughts. Their choices, their opinions, are completely valid. From the perspective of a Unified Theory of Everything, there are no expectations, no judgments. On one level of reality, we are all different from each other and, at the same time, we are all made of the same elements, the same energies, interacting in ways we don’t perceive or understand.
If you accept this premise, what are you going to do to enrich your own life? How might your belief enrich the lives of others? How might this transform your creative efforts, in whatever domain you choose to apply them? How does feeling connected in some very deep, fundamental ways change how we structure society? What kinds of tools can we build on the examples of positive interaction to counter the forces of darkness, of fear? Isn’t the power of fear amplified by the feeling of loneliness? Isn’t the act of suicide the ultimate statement of a person who chooses to disconnect from others? Doesn’t that send us a huge warning message that perhaps our ability to connect, to really communicate in a way that touches others, while still unformed and very primitive, is critical for our collective survival? We begin to understand life when we learn to truly connect with real people, with humanity.