The universe & causation?
Okay. I really don't understand this at all...
I know that, in laymans terms, the universe transitioned from one state to another in what we call 'The Big Bang'. Before that, the universe was in another state where likely time & matter didn't really 'exist' per se, is that right?
...Uh. The universe didn't have a cause, then? Like, nothing 'spawned' it? Intuitively, that doesn't make much sense, does it? Doesn't much of what we know about physics and relativity essentially demand that everything have a causative element (thus not being infinite)?
Err, if someone knows a very simple answer, I'd really appreciate it (...physics is simply very difficult for me to get my head around. I've been trying to do a bit of research on te nuts and bolts of it while I'm at school, but it's just too hard; my brain doesn't perceive space and time very well).
"Natasha has just come up to the window from the courtyard and opened it wider so that the air may enter more freely into my room. I can see the bright green strip of grass beneath the wall, and the clear blue sky above the wall, and sunlight everywhere. Life is beautiful. Let the future generations cleanse it of all evil, oppression and violence, and enjoy it to the full."
- Leon Trotsky, Last Will & Testament
February 27, 1940