Thoughts On the Infinity -- What Can We Learn About This Reality
Updated: Feb 22
Although I am a physicalist philosopher, which means I believe only the physical exists, I do dabble in the arcane from time to time, along with one of this site's readers, mainly to keep an open mind. After some time of contemplation and observation of reality, I have reached a conclusion that might be true: there are infinite worlds, and, if possible, infinite realities as well.
The universe does not have limits simply because there is no force to limit its own expansion. The vacuum of space is not something that can be measured, because it is infinite, and only finite things can be measured. Therefore, the universe might have been expanding more and more thus far, and there is no way of stopping it. Therefore, there is no such thing as "the end of time", or even "the beginning of time", because reality is infinite, and eternity is a form of infinity -- the infinity of time. Combining both infinities, existence does not begin nor end.
There is not necessarily a source that began it all, and even if there is, it only indicates that there was still something in existence before existence came to be. Whether you're a believer in one god or something else as an atheist, the inevitable conclusion is that reality is infinite. If a god created reality, and that god is eternal, then reality itself is reality, simply because god is a part of reality. I am also open to the idea that pantheism is true.
They are not a being that exists outside of reality; they are a part of reality, and they merely brought anything else into actualization, in the form of creation. On the other hand, if you are an atheist, there is still no alternative to the infinity of existence, in both time and space, because things don't just start out of nothing, or so we may believe. Even absurdism, common in atheism, cannot deny this.
To keep an open mind, I am an agnostic.
Nothing itself is something because we are capable of referring to it as a thing like something more "existent" such as a chair or a table. AKA, a concept like any other. Therefore, even before there was anything at all, there was still nothingness, and nothingness can still be referred to as something. This infinity of space is in fact an infinity of something that contains us all and everything else in existence.
There is no escape from this infinity, because you cannot exist outside of something that contains everything. You can do this only temporarily, like an ostrich does when it places its head in a hole. What is death? Death can be compared to a permanently defunct electronic device. Once a phone or a computer is destroyed, for example, they don't necessarily have spirits that carry them away to some higher plane. Living is merely a biological function, and so is death.
Therefore, once a biological being dies, they simply lose the ability to perform any functionality a living being has, and thus "convert" their status from "alive" to "dead", similar to turning from single to married to divorced. Only permenantly, unless we are to consider reincarnation or an afterlife.
Either way, once we're dead, we still exist, but in a different form -- the form of a corpse. A living being and a dead being are the same being, only having different statuses.
Is there a "phone heaven" or a "computer hell"? Why would there be? Once they go beyond repair, that's it. There is no necessity to continue the story on because they simply now enter a state of eternal dysfunctionality... which is death, in biological terms. I highly doubt that there is such a thing as a real resurrection, one that really happened, but as for now, once you are dead, you exist forever in a form of eternal rest. Eternal unanimation.
You become eternally silent simply because the dead can't speak, breathe, eat, or perform any function a living being can. That's what makes them dead, after all -- the lack of the trait of "living" inside them; that living is not a spirit inside a machine, but the machine itself. Why would a phone need a soul? Why would a human need a spirit if they are prone to simply rest forever, and exist in that manner? The person is, in a way, indeed, no longer with us, but only as a living being. They are now with us as a corpse, to put it very bluntly.
We are regardless far more complex "machines" than machanical machines. That might include A.I or Language Models.
Just like the universe is infinite, so is what it contains, at least as far as we humans know. As far as we can imagine, there might be an infinite number of worlds out there, in space, but we don't really know that, because we have yet to map the entire universe. Hence why it is important to always keep an open mind, because we do not really know for certain the vast mysteries of the universe. Maybe necromancy is possible in other parts of this infinite reality, but we just can't know it, due to the fact that we have yet to explore the entire universe?
Can we even accomplish such a feat? If existence is infinite, just as the void that contains is, then it's possible that there was, is, and will be no end to the planets in this reality. No matter how advanced our knowledge in astronomy will be, there could possibly be more and more planets, being created by a divine being or by physical means as I am writing this article, and as you read it.
Which means that the universe will always remain undiscoverable to at least a point.
Life is not just about getting up in the morning for work and going home tired. There is more to life. What made me a philosopher was my dissatisfaction with the normalization of human life and of the human mind. We are so used to occupying ourselves with certain things that we forget that there may be other things -- or beings -- outside of our tiny mental worlds. This is why I do not wish to involve myself too much with general society, because I "fear" becoming what I am trying to run away from: thinking small; thinking ordinarily; thinking in a pattern-like way.
I have seen this in everyone I have met throughout my life who does not philosophize regularly. I just have this inner voice within me that tells me that normalcy will not do, for normalcy means the silence of the pondering, philosophizing mind.
This is what made me decide to become a philosopher and partially abstain from this world -- is to see and to think of the world beyond so-called "earthly" matters. Not only for the sake of myself, but for the sake of anyone who happens to find my material.
I think we deserve to question normalcy, even in the name of expanding our understanding of the reality we were born into.
I meddle with the arcane because it gives one a sense of higher importance, whether or not one is actually important despite self-regard. It tells a "story", a narrative that might make sense about how things work and how one evolves within its framework. Perhaps, if I continue meddling with the arcane, I shall reach even greater insights for the world to enjoy!