I know many people are going to debate this, but that is a good thing.
Lately, I have been thinking about existence and it seems to me that the proof for the reason that we're here is incredibly simple:
We have a desire to exist...
What’s the difference between a desire to exist and an inbuilt desire to survive? Genetic propagation of physical beings (who might not even be sentient – just be built to believe so) is as good a reason as any as to why we’re here. All metaphysical ideas are purely belief driven and unprovable outside of that belief.
Some part of us has not yet reached full expression.
Expression of what? To what purpose? By full expression do you mean perfection? If so, taking that perfection is a relative concept (perhaps only having existence within the human built sphere of understanding and knowledge) such a state is impossible to achieve. Also, if we look at reality, and see how it is changing – changing even on a quantum level (such that structured reality might only be a temporary phenomenon) what we experience right here and now might be but a fleeting moment. Perfection in such a construct is nothing. It is a temporary state.
Therefore, I think rebirth here happens to those who have not reached full expression of every potential that this phase of existence has to offer. But, I think it would be very premature to say that after the physical cycles, our evolution just stops. There could be experiences in store for us that we cannot even possibly imagine right now.
Why would it be premature? How can we surmise from a totally physical experience that there is more? How can we explain what neuroscience shows us regarding personality, behaviour and specific brain action? How can we explain region specific brain damage having devastating effects on peoples personalities – which implies at the least our brain directs a lot of who we are? There is so much which points in the other direction, that at the least, standard mystical models need a drastic overhaul.
However, not to digress, our desires are constantly being fulfilled by the universal mind. So therefore, why would existence be any different?
Desire is fleeting, so is mind and existence. You start from a viewpoint of there being more than physical but don’t give any grounds for this belief. Conclusions generated from assumptions are baseless. Regarding existence, we might not actually exist at all. We might simply be biological mechanical beings confabulating our own existence, providing our own proofs of our own beliefs – and so the prospect of us actually being automations is forever inconceivable.
We desire to exist, therefore we do...
Many people desire for many things, yet, those things to not manifest. A mystical model can brush such things under the carpet by spewing rhetoric about lessons to learn (which in the context of temporary reality mean nothing), but they don’t really explain anything. Many are simply relics of an age where lightening and thunder were Gods, where the wind through mountain passes were deities, and Earth was flat, covered by a crystal sphere and the universe revolved around ourselves (because we were the most important things in existence).
Also, recent research has shown that thought is not needed for one to be aware of mind and self. So that old statement “I think therefore I am” could be soon be proven false – in this light, anything built off it would be false too.
The point of this post? Read, research even outside of your own preferred beliefs. Question everything including that questioning, and start to worry when you fall into a rut of unchanging beliefs – because reality even at its most fundamental level is forever changing. Time itself might just be change (entropy). To think we have the answers, to perhaps think there are any answers outside of those we create ourselves, might lead us up illusionary paths.