Creation Ex Nihilo
How was the universe created? When did it begin?
Conventional wisdom has concluded the universe must have come from somewhere, and the idea it was ushered into being by some primordial nascent event appeals seductively to human intuition. The very process of thought is governed by the rules cause and effect, so since humans began to reason it has been instinctively presumed the phenomenon of existence, itself, is the product of cause and effect and some omnificent process of creation gave birth to our cosmos.
The existence of nothing ostensibly requires no justification, so most popular theories of universal origin begin with a primal void. At the beginning of time a transformation must have taken place and the physical manifestation of the cosmos resulted. Proponents of Big Bang espouse a theory of cosmic espansion which envisions a universe cast from the bowels of a mystereous singularity in a spontaneous cosmic eruption. Many contemporary religions believe an act of divine inspiration gave birth to the infinite cosmos. But if all which exists was created, whatever sired the universe must, too, have been created by some predecessor which, in turn, must have been predated by a limitless procession of ancestry. Any version of creation would require the pre-existence of some kind of spawning force - the presence of which would violate the original contention nothing existed. The endless cycle of chicken-and-the-egg redundancy that ultimately results from every cause and effect approach to the enigma of existence implies no logical beginning.
Most versions of creation sidestep the issue of redundancy with an assertion that whatever omnipotence created the universe was not subject to the laws of nature or the rules of logic. Of course, once those laws are repealed anything is possible, even the absurd; and if we permit even one exception, why should we expect the rest of the universe to abide by them? One may certainly choose to suspend rationality in favor of whichever belief system they wish to embrace, but thereafter and forevermore they dare not profess their argument is derived from critical thinking.
Change is always balanced in terms of action and reaction as states of being are altered during the process of cause and effect. But existence is not a condition or a state of being, it is being, itself. Before something can change, before something can act or be acted upon it must first exist; it must reside within the realm of reality. If being is required in order for change to occur then cause and effect is a function of existence - a derivative of its parent phenomenon. No manifestation can be the result of its own subordinate derivative.
Creation is a myth.
Why does something exist rather than nothing? How can we reconcile the enigma of existence with the principles of logic?
If we parse the mechanics of mathematics, one simple prevailing dynamic emerges; a ubiquitous paradigm found at the heart of every equation, a familiar axiom universally known and accepted. Sadly, the deeper significance of this principle has been ignored since the inception of scientific inquiry and it still remains concealed - hidden in plain sight.