Have you ever watched the television program, “Into The Universe” a program for the lay person which tries to explain the theories of Steven Hawking and other physicists? This might surprise you but I never considered Hawking much of a contribution to science or anything, for that matter, until I viewed this program on the Science Channel recently. It’s a multiple part series but one chapter of it resonated with me more than the others because of his assertion that we live in an Imperfect Universe.
According to Hawking and without going into all of the physics with which he and other scientist come to this conclusion, he simply states that following the Big Bang, the beginning of the Universe, as it were, the universe began to expand but shortly thereafter, perhaps a couple of million years later, there was a point in “time” in which life as we know it couldn’t proceed any further without an element of imperfection.
In the television program, Hawking explains to us through his voice synthesizer as he is confined to his chair because of a debilitating disease which he fell ill to in his twenties, a way for us to understand this theory. He imagines for us the college dining room where he is professor emeritus at in England, and steel ball bearings filling this dining room until they are all spread out evenly throughout. The ball bearings represent matter in its early undeveloped stage. They are all lined up perfectly but yet the matter represented by the ball bearings is lifeless and static. They can develop no further in that state. It is only when five of the ball bearings are taken out of the equation that gravity pulls unevenly upon all of matter that a state of imperfection in the young universe is achieved. This is what allows life to begin and go on.
What I would like to propose here is that this element of imperfection, as it were, is actually an element of Free Will impregnated into our young universe which is the most important thing to us as the Human Species and as participants in the global, galactic and universal landscape.
In the next few days and until the coming final week of this year I shall labor, with love, to explain more about my thoughts concerning what I have taken away from Professor Hawking’s work.