“Somewhere in the multiverse, you are loved. Somewhere you are hated. Somewhere, you are loved by everyone. Somewhere, you are hated by everyone. God exists, and He does not; the same is true for Allah, and Buddha, and Zeus, Odin, Cthulhu, and the Green Lantern. Somewhere, you are Wonder Woman’s arch villain. Somewhere else, there are no villains, because perfect goodness has found its expression as a mathematical absolute. You cry, and you do not cry; your tears move millions or are forgotten forever.
“And somewhere else, namely here, you are exactly who and what you are. You are loved by those that love you, and you may or may not love them in return. You believe in God, or do not believe; you think that there are other universes, or think that this universe is all that ever was and ever will be. This is the universe you are stuck with. Love it. Hate it. It’s all you’ll ever know.
“And what about goodness? What about justice? Can you live with the idea that in some places, at some times, pure evil has dominion, and good has been forever banished? Are those universes plausible? Or are they phantoms, highly improbable, like the vanishing cracks of a broken teapot?
“Think on this: the ultimate question, “why is there anything?” is perhaps unanswerable, mostly because it requires us to speculate about the unknowable. The fly knows nothing about what’s outside the bottle; Scarlett O’Hara knows nothing about Margaret Mitchell; Plato, in his easy chair, knows nothing about the world as we know it today; the falcon cannot hear the falconer; and you know nothing about life in the fractal part of the æther. And so too, if God exists, we know nothing of him/her/it/them. We know what is before us, what can be observed, measured, quantified, understood. We can speculate all we like; we can even draw inferences from some of our observations, but in the end we can never be sure.
“All we can do is be 51% sure.
“And have faith that in 51% of the universes, goodness prevails.”
From my book Why Is There Anything? which is available for download on the Kindle.