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Infinity and God

News broke this week that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva has finally discovered a new particle consistent with the theoretical Higgs boson.

What this means is (not only that I’ve just set a personal record for the number of hyperlinks embedded in a simple sentence but also) that physicists can finally give mass to theories of the existence of the so-called “God particle”. This particle represents a potentially new field of empirical research into what philosophers have questioned since time immemorial: “How did we get here?”

For an always-eloquent interpretation of quantum matters, I refer you to Dr. Michio Kaku’s perspective on this, as well.

Meantime, I thought I’d use the occasion to dust off an essay I published in college that (unbeknownst to me at the time) proposed the idea of the Higgs boson.

Pretext: In college, my love of language was like a literary Higgs boson in its own right, spewing words as fast as my fingers could type. The “less is more” advice of some professors seemed like sacrilege to me. Now I cringe when I look back at some of those old writings, and this was one of those cases. I’ve revised it only where I cringed, for your sake as the reader. The essence, however, is the same, and I’m rather proud of that.

Infinity and God

Within each one of us lies infinity. Deep down, compacted by our material flesh lies infinity. This is not necessarily a physical infinity, nor is it a mental or spiritual infinity. The term “infinity” itself defies true definition. The infinity that lies within us is therefore merely infinity.

The infinite world that lies within each of us is every bit as massive and priceless as that outside of us. Every little particle that makes up our bodies is made up of something else, smaller than itself, and those are made up of something even smaller, and so on. Amino acids are the basic building blocks of protein, which in turn are the basic building blocks of life. What are the basic building blocks of amino acids? And what are those made up of?

Everything is infinitely small. We are infinitely small.

If something is to be considered infinitely small, then it must fundamentally also be considered part of something infinitely large. Try to imagine everything as a line and a ray as defined in mathematics. A line has no starting point and extends infinitely in two directions, while a ray has a starting point and extends infinitely in only one direction.

A ray can be part of a line, but it is impossible for a line to be part of a ray, for the ray, having a starting point, is finite. From that starting point, however, a ray can extend infinitely in any one direction. For the sake of argument, consider a ray’s direction to be the direction of either the infinitely large or the infinitely small. I theorize that all matter, metaphorically speaking, are rays going in the direction of infinitely small because we have only an outer limit. In our case as human beings, our outer limit (i.e., our “starting point”) is our very epidermis. We have no inner limit. We are infinitely small.

As I have described, because we are infinitely small, and we have an outer limit, we must be a building block of something larger. That something, either directly or indirectly, is part of the line of infinity and includes the ray that is going the direction of infinitely large.

The only way for us to appreciate the beauties of infinity is through our senses. Taste, touch, smell, sight, and hearing are the only outlets for the density of our interiors. Without our outward senses we would not have any concept of infinity, for we cannot look in detail at the infinitely small. In order for us to discover infinity, we must be able to analyze the ray that is going the direction of the infinitely large. Our senses are our way of experiencing “the line”.

When discussing infinity, it is inevitable to discuss the existence of God. God, like “infinity”, can not be truly defined. So what is God? The popular image of God is a “figure” who is both omnific (all-creating) and omnipresent (everywhere). Along with these traits, we tend to assume that God is also most massive and inclusive of all things.

If all things make up God, and God created all things, then can we conclude that God created himself? It seems impossible to us for absolute nothingness (before God) to evolve itself into absolute infinity (after God), so consider for a moment not a gigantic God, and ponder instead the idea of an infinitesimal one.

Imagine something so infinitely tiny that it could be found in everything. It would indeed be the basic building block of everything. Would such a particle be omnific? Yes, because it would have created all things. Would the particle be omnipresent? Yes, because it would be found in everything.

Would the particle be God?

The debate over God’s conscience and consciousness would carry on, but the question here is whether God could be the most infinitesimal particle in everything. Could the most basic particle be the being we worship and call God? And considering that, we may note that since every single thing in the vast universe would be built upon that basic, yet most advanced component, then that particle might be the single building block, the ray that goes toward the infinitely large. Of course, it would not only be considered infinitely large because it, too, must be made up of something lest it would not even exist. Therefore, it must also be infinitely small, thus making it “the line,” or God.

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