Thursday, September 28, 2017

Introduction: Understanding the Structure of Everything Starts with Understanding the Structure of Our Thoughts

The presented Structure of Everything in this blog is easy to understand. Naturally, some large concepts are involved with this quest, and I hope the message will not be lost between the chosen words. It should be fun, too, and provide some new insights. An additional perspective exists, for example, on how the Big Bang occurred without this requiring any changes to the known information. I hope you want to dig in and stay the course for what may be about ten blogs.

A good first question to ask is whether The Big Picture should have a single structure to it, or whether Everything as we know it arrived more as a conglomeration of parts. Investigating that specific distinction, between a singular structure for the largest of concepts or a diverse structure, is the main topic of this introduction.

Let me spill the beans right away that there is one confusing aspect in comprehending the Structure of Everything. The good news is that a simple explanation can be provided. Yet this confusing aspect involves how in our minds we may be viewing large frameworks. Consider the following question therefore as the starting point for digging in:

What are the first ten numbers?

It is an easy question, and if you're answering this in your mind with 1 to 10, then your answer is true to how most people would answer this question. But look at your phone: the ten numbers on the display are not 1 to 10. The numbers are 1 to 9 plus a zero. Seemingly, there are two distinct answers possible, and this can be investigated.

Consider, in the following slightly different example, ten bowls in which fruit is divided in such a way that all the bowls deliver a sequential number of fruit in outcome, and that these bowls can be seen as the first ten outcomes.

Starting with the first bowl as containing a single peach, each subsequent bowl will then contain one peach more than the previous, all the way up to ten peaches in the last bowl.

Yet if we start instead with leaving the first bowl empty, and then place one peach more in each subsequent bowl, we only go up to nine peaches in the last bowl, and still fit the original description.

Again, there are two slightly different outcomes for the same framework of ten bowls. The choice of starting with a single piece of fruit in the first bowl or leaving it empty is ours to make.

When reviewing the two sets of ten bowls, it doesn't take a mathematician to discover which set contains more peaches. But it also doesn't take a judge to rule which set delivers more of the diverse aspects we may encounter in life.


For the sake of ensuring a good introduction, let's place the two sets apart once more to discover the aspect that makes the two possible outcomes distinct from one another.

If the answer is 1 - 10, as made visible with each and every bowl containing fruit, then we may start to think that the overall level will also contain some form of Unity, that somehow all is peachy.

If the answer is 0 - 9, as made visible with including the option of the empty bowl, then we may never think that the overall level conforms to some aspect of Unity, because all is not always peachy.


What follows are examples from world religions. We're not digging deep here, definitively remaining at the surface. Yet the presented perspectives show how among these world religions a similar distinction exists among their overall structures, too.

Christianity, Islam and Judaism can be recognized as being based on Unity. They either all contain Unity already at the highest level of their structures, or there is the expectation to end up at the highest level with that Unity intact. Allow me to say that in the end, when coming along to see it this way, there will be a piece of fruit.

Contrast this with Hinduism and Buddhism, and we find examples where Unity is not prime, but rather secondary. In these religions the parts need to be understood (or the challenges need to be overcome), but looking for an ultimate Unity is in general not the end game. Here, reaching understanding is the goal, and this includes knowing that a bowl can also be empty.


Though the Structure of Everything is not that hard to understand, the already mentioned confusing aspect should be discussed here. The confusing aspect does not exist in the outside world, but within the process of comprehending the highest level. It is actually easy to see where and how this distinction occurs. But in order to address the potential confusion well, let's simplify the ten number question, and make this be about the first two possible numbers. There is then either the option of picking 1 and 2 as the answer, or picking 0 and 1 as the alternative.

The 1 - 2 option contains two units, of one bowl with one, and one bowl with two peaches. Both numbers contain real units. Together they can still deliver the idea that there can be Unity among things. This is not the confusing aspect.

The confusing aspect may occur when looking for Unity in the 0 - 1 option, because it is awfully easy to confuse that single 1 as representing Unity all by itself. With Unity already in mind, it is actually difficult not to find it anywhere we look. By envisioning two bowls, however, with one of them containing a single peach and the other being empty, the potential confusion of uniting it all can be kept at bay. The 0 in the 0 - 1 answer means there is no Unity among things at that overall level.

We can fill out any overall framework in two slightly distinct ways, and this is therefore also applicable to the information we have about the Big Bang.


Before ending the introduction blog on the Structure of Everything, let's review the 1 - 2 option and the 0 - 1 option as representing two slightly different deliveries, while making the point that one of them contains an important artificial aspect to it.

If we accept that the truth contains a zero, just like the display on a phone delivers this to us, then we could declare that the 0 and 1 option is much like our seeing the Truth of what is right in front of us. Naturally, the other option of 1 and 2, that was declared as the vehicle for Unity, will not be based on our shying away from the truth. Rather, the reason for our also focusing on Unity is that it delivers important benefits. Artificial information does not necessarily need to be true to end up being a benefit.

People are united in many ways. An important example of how people collectively benefit from being united is language. Note how this is an artificial, learned tool. There is not much truth to be found in the specific vowel or consonant change from hand to hound to hind or hunt. The sound changes do not contain much meaning, yet the words are understood as distinct and each conjures an image inside our minds. We are united through common meanings of sounds. Because of language, we can further unite and organize ourselves on many levels. That is a major benefit of something deeply artificial.

Finally, an image about a universal framework, about the Big Bang moment that delivered materialization. At first (1), there is no matter (0). Then, second (2), there is matter (1). The zero is indeed where it all came from. But it wasn't from nothing. The alternative view on the Big Bang will be delivered in the next blog.


I hope you have a strong desire to see that there is structure to everything, and that Everything has a specific framework. The goal for this introduction about The Structure of Everything was to set two aspects of our thinking apart: we can see things as one, and we can see things as diverse. It also appears to be possible to fill out any specific framework of the overall kind in two slightly distinct ways, seemingly through embracing zero or ignoring that number.

I hope your phone is ringing off the hook now, because all ten numbers on display, including zero, deliver fundamental aspects to us and our universe. For now, don't worry too much about the single bowl that's empty, because we have so many other bowls filled with what unites us.

Next blog, the starting point will be Bicycles and the Big Bang, delivering the alternative perspective:


Delivery based on In Search of a Cyclops, published by Penta Publishing.

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