There is a certain assurance to a proper understanding of the nature of things. The recognition of certain sensory perceptive realities and the reasoning process of our intellectual capacities are all that are at our disposal to understand the nature of things. Yet, such are not only sufficient to that end, but when adhered to and properly exercised, sensory perceptive realities and rational intellect supply us with the assurance that ours is a most wondrous existence which will culminate in a most natural end.
Everything which exists, is everything which is evident to sensory perceptions and scientific investigation. All bodies; no matter how massive or however miniscule,are the formation of certain and specific elements, and are thus distinguished by the features so formed. All space; no matter whether the open expanse within which resides even the greatest of bodies,or whether the crevices and caves existent within both small and large bodies alike; are distinguished by the emptiness of their expanse. Bodies; which are distinguished by their features, and space; which is distinguished by an empty expanse, are the sum and totality of all which is evident to sensory perceptions and scientific investigation.
Thus bodies; no matter how massive or however miniscule; and space, no matter whether visible to the eye or whether concealed from view; are indeed all which exists; for body and space are all which is evident to sensory perceptions and scientific investigation.
As to how to account for the existence of all that is:
Nothing is created from nothing.
Nothing is destroyed into nothingness.
These realities being the case, then how shall we account for the existence of the elements where are evident to sensory perceptions and scientific investigation; except to conclude:
1. That there never was a state of nothingness; and
2. That the elements which compose everything; are in fact themselves; eternal as to their nature and being.
An alternative theory of course might to be speculate as to the existence of an unknown being which made the elements of everything which are evident to sensory perceptions and scientific investigation. Such a being would of course have to be supernatural; since there would be no natural explanation for the existence of such a being. Furthermore, such a being would have to be all-powerful; for this being would have to have created everything which now exists, from a state of nothingness.
Unless of course we wish to speculate that the elements themselves are in fact eternal as to nature and being; in which case all discussion as to a supernatural; all-powerful being becomes a moot and meaningless point. But as demonstrated, the concept that the elements that compose everything are in fact themselves eternal as to nature and being is by no means mere speculation, but rather is a conclusion based upon natural evidence and clear reasoning.
And thus I re-introduce reason and sensory perceptive realities into the discussion. For the simple fact is that sensory perceptive realities and the reasoning process of our intellectual capacities are all that are at our disposal to understand the nature of things. And again, based upon the sensory perceptive realities and the rational application of intellect; the following sums up the matter:
The evidence so demonstrated by Nature indicates that body and space exist; in that they are evident to sensory perception and scientific investigation.
The evidence further indicates that no other elements save body and space exist; for body and space exclusively are all which are evident to sensory perception and scientific investigation.
Further evidence in the form of Nature indicates that nothing is created from nothing.
Which leads to the conclusion that the elements themselves; body and space; are in fact eternal as to nature and being.
Clearly, SOMETHING has to be eternal. Which leads to the ultimate question which simply must be posed:
Based upon the evidence at hand; in the way of sensory perceptive realities and the existence of body and space; and furthermore based upon the rational exercise of our own intellect; which is more reasonable to conclude:
1. That the elements, which are clearly evident to sensory perception and scientific investigation, are in fact that which is eternal?; OR
2. That a supernatural being, the existence for which there is no natural evidence; performing a deed for which there is no natural evidence; not only exists, but likewise is eternal AND is the source by way of creation of everything which does in fact exist?
I suggest that based upon the natural evidence at hand; in the way of the existence of the elements which are in fact evident to sensory perception and scientific evidence; and furthermore based upon the fact that nothing is created from nothing; that in fact there never was a state of nothingness; and further that nothing ever was created; but rather that the only reasonable conclusion is that the elements which do in fact compose everything which exists
; are in fact themselves; eternal.
In other words, and in conclusion as to consideration of any alternative theories:
All evidence indicates and all reason dictates that the UNIVERSE ITSELF IS ETERNAL.
Furthermore, and finally, with all due respect; to conclude otherwise is to depart from reason; and to deny the evidence which Nature provides at our disposal.
All theories otherwise notwithstanding; the Universe is eternal. The simple fact of the matter is that everything is not only natural; but furthermore everything is exclusively natural. That being the case, then we of humanity are as exclusively natural as is our environment, our planet, and yes; we are as exclusively natural as is the eternal universe.
Everything about our being cries out with the undeniable evidence that we are exclusively natural beings. Just as everything else in the universe, we are developed of natural causes specific and sufficient enough to develop into our very being. (All a matter of “the birds and the bees”; i.e.; it is all a matter of nature). The fact that we survive by ingestion and digestion; by a properly operating respiratory and circulatory system; and the fact that our race continues by the reproductive act of procreation, all manifest straightforward evidence that WE ARE NATURAL BEINGS.
And thus, as natural beings, we are a part of the wonderful and awesome experience known as the universe. For just as the plants and trees are nature, and thus a functional aspect of the universe; just as the sun and the moon are nature, and thus a functional aspect of the universe; just as the planets and the galaxy are nature, and thus a functional aspect of the universe; likewise you and I are but nature, and all humanity is simply a functional aspect of the universe; as is everything else within this wondrous experience known as the universe.
And so, just as our existence is a developmental aspect of a natural process; likewise our daily lives are the same. We came into being due to an ongoing natural process; and we exist for a limited tenure of time due to an ongoing natural process. Even our expiration is but a functional aspect of an ongoing natural process; for such is the natural lot of all living beings: We come into being as a development of an ongoing natural process; we continue to exist as a development of an ongoing natural process; and we will expire as a development of an ongoing natural process. For death is but the dispersion of the elements of which we are composed; resulting in the cessation of our senses and thus our being; for such is merely the development of an ongoing natural process.
Even the physical hardships of aging are but a development of this ongoing natural process. Thus death is but a release of sensations so involved in the process. And thus, death is nothing to be feared. For death is but a release from the sensations of our being, and the natural dispersion of the elements of our being back into the universe.
A proper understanding of the actual nature of things allows us to accurately assess the fact that our very being allows us to be a part of this wondrous natural experience known as the universe. Furthermore, a proper understanding of the actual nature of things gives us the assurance that all that our life is and becomes, both pleasant and unpleasant, will come to a most natural end. For such is the case with all living beings in this ongoing natural process known as the universe.
Everything is natural.