The world is temporal, meaning time-bound and finite. It came from nothing and is now in the process of returning to nothing. To paraphrase the timeless Stephen Hawking, ‘Why bother?’ Spare a thought for cosmologists! Still looking for a cause. Still not finding one.
Life has no purpose. This is the whole point of Buddha’s flower sermon. It’s also the answer to Stephen Hawking’s unanswerable question: “Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing?”
No one poses the question more soulfully than Marvin Gaye does: What’s going on? The fact is, we don’t know what Life is or what it’s doing. Just ask Job. He’ll tell you.
There are two worlds—seen and unseen. The purpose of the one is to introduce us to the other. We recall with affection the question posed by Stephen Hawking: “Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing?”
Let us view the span of our years through the lens of time-lapse photography—and in that corybantic kinesis, in the sudden rising and falling of things, have it made plain: No-thing lasts.