What’s‘Mystery’ to you?
What you see with your eyes, you hear with your ears, you feel with your skin, everything you do. Isn’t it a mystery how things actually work? Though every each person on this planet might have come up with their own definition from the simplest, literal, to philosophical one about the topic. UFO, Alien, Circle Crop, Atlantis, Bermuda Triangle, Yeti, Vampire, What happened to Jennifer Connelly’s boobs, like, anything. Taken from Oxford Dictionary, Mystery (n) “something that is difficult or impossible to understand or explain.” In brief, those definitions sum up to one description, that is: “The Unknown”. There are so many things in this world that cannot be explained yet. Well, a good portion of them are just baseless rumors that have been disproved though. But even so, these things called mystery, whatever it is, have charmed humanity even before the beginning of history.
Quoted from Jacques Yves Cousteau: “The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know and to wonder at it”. Or like quoted from famous painter from French, Paul Gauguin: “D’oύ Venons Nous / Que Sommes Nous / Oύ Allons Nous” which translated to “Where do we come from, What are we, Where are we going”. At some point in our life, I’m pretty sure that some, if not all of us question the purpose of our existence, that is, what exactly is our role in nature as an intelligent being?
If the theory of evolution is right, then we are but intelligent apes who have only recently left the trees, living on the third planet from minor star in a minor galaxy. And if the inflation theory is correct, then our entire visible universe is but an infinitesimal bubble in a much larger cosmos. That describes just how small and insignificant our presence compared to the vastness of the universe. Yet, we question the meaning of something that literally outside of our current observation ability and put claim on everything.
Our ancestor worship stones, rivers, trees and practically everything in the name of Animism. Mayans worship the God of sun, among other Gods to protect them from calamity. Even today, we have Buddhism, Muslims, Christians, Pastafarianism and all other religions that worship their own God of their own belief because they conclude that all that ever come to existence have creator, that is, a concept named ‘God’. The detail may vary from one religion to another but the most known Creationism theory is that this God created everything by his omnipotent power in seven days and we are all the descendant of Adam and Eve, the first humans ever created in the image of God himself. (I encourage you to look into the topic further from credible source if you ever want to know the detailed explanation).
Scientist, however, take this to an another direction. They believe, there’s a mechanism that put us into existence. Triggered by Big Bang, universe as we currently know of come into existence. From the dust, galaxy and star systems inside created. Ultimately, by that logic we are created from the same compositions that make stars and other heaven bodies in the universe. We are literally made of star dust that in turn coalesced into intelligent being capable of understanding the universal laws governing universe.
Even up until now, there has been a tremendous amount of disagreement between science and religion, each side armed with its own obvious facts to refute the other. Historically, scientist have often been asked to debate the laws of nature with theologians.
But scientists usually are reluctant to engage in theological debates about God and creation. The problem is, as pointed out by Michio Kaku in his book “Hyperspace”, the word “God” means many things to many people, and the use of loaded words full of unspoken, hidden symbolism only cloud the issue. Furthermore in his book, he found it important to distinguish carefully two types of meanings for the word God. That is, “God of Miracle” (the one that universally referred by the creationists) and “God of Order” (the one that scientists usually refer to). So now we know that it’s not like scientists are atheist, like we usually led to believe. Heck, even Einstein, do believe in God.
Seems like the topic grew too big for one post, what I was trying to say is that we humans as
the intelligent being from somewhat insignificant corner of universe have no insignificant role in nature. We’re here to ponder the reason of our existence, then advance in accordingly.
[If] we do discover a complete theory, it should in time be understandable in broad principle by every one, not just a few scientist. then we shall all, philosophers, scientists, and just ordinary people, be able to take part in the discussion of the question of why it is that we and the universe exist. If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason – for then we would know the mind of God. [Stephen Hawking in “The Brief History of Time”]
That’s it for this time. As I am not an experienced writer, blogger, and less likely that I am an expert on science, do tell me if I got something wrong, or better, if you have any material to discuss for and with me. I will, with my utmost pleasure to accept it.