We come into this universe and are already provided with means of perception. We already have systems of thought, of senses, of reasoning, of feelings,of searching and of concluding. We have a life-span, a period of time, in which we have to live our life-cycle and we are faced with a vast, nearly endless and alive universe.
One wonders why all these things are, characteristics and features, phenomena of life and death, time and matter, space and movement, development from nothing and an end into nothing if we discard Laplace's point of view, dust for dust and ashes to ashes. We wonder what's it all about! Whether we think we live an illusion or reality does not annul the fact that we are here and have to face the universe for a while. Then, we have to make our reverence and exit.
We have one life and aforced one on everyone, unless you are Buddhist and believe in Karma where your soul survives death and you are reincarnated in an animal, human or a cockroach. Nothing can prove such a Karma for no one has returned yet to tell his story.
However, what seems to be the case is that our life cycle is made in such a way to oblige us to confront with our Living Unieverse of which we cannot possibly escape, not even by death.For death is part of our life-cycle and we have to confront it whether we like it or not at one time or another, all is decide before hand, unless you know when you are going to die. Such confrontation is inevitable and obligatory for every human being who does not die as a baby.
We, at one time or another, if not in many ocasions, or even often, reflect on our life, our being, our form and shape, our life cycle, our inevitable death. We all have the curiosity to look into the universe, into ourselves, others, and think, conclude making our own judgments and convictions. we would like to be free but we are not, confined to a specific physique with specific dimensions and features, constituents and structure, specific psychological apparatus, specific mind and specifc soul( for those who believe in soul).
Although we occupy ourselves with our selves, our family(TV programs, presidential rat-races) , our job, our survival and how to get the most of it, or even the worst, we are forced to look into life and the world and interact with it. Such interaction is inevitable since we are made of atoms and so is the universe that we happen to live in. Our interaction with it is unavoidable because we have to survive after all: forced to be that is.
Such body, our physique, is not our own making. We do not have even one say in the matter. We are made like this, with a head, trunk and four limbs, real Bipeds. We are provided with conditions of survival and have to live within such conditions. we did not contribute one thing to such conditions, but very good at destroying it. No one has given us the choice to be or not to be. The road is already decided and the journey is already programmed. You walk out of it if you want, for sooner or later you have to, any way.
We look into our perceptible world and are made to think, using our one hundred and tewnty billions of neurons( if you are not on the eighty billions only), already provided by the manufacturer. We perceive, we apperceive, we look and are made to comprehend ( for most of the lucky ones). What we observe is our world of perception( the sensible that is) and what we think is our world of the intelligible(the thoughtful that is). We look into what we sense in order to think it out, for survival reasons, or for reflection, or both at the same time( if you are lucky).
Our journey from the perceptible to the intelligible is promoted by our natural confrontation and interaction with the phsyical. Making a rational reasoning of what is perceptible of the physical( subject to our five senses) makes us eligible to the intelligible side of the perceptible and this makes our leap into the metaphysical( what cannot be subject to our five senses). In fact, our thoughts, where nobody can explain, in terms of presence, origin and finality, remain as our vehicle to reach the metaphysical ( unless you prefer to watch a football match).
The missing link between the perceptible physical and the intelligible metaphysical is our mind or soul or even the untiy of the two, or the whole being of our human aspect as a captivating devise. What is certain is that the result of such confrontation between the peceptible and the intelligible makes us depart from the physical to the metaphysical ( with a little bit of luck). Those who do not see the metaphysical aspect of the question remain in their state of the perceptible and are happy with it: these are the materialist-organicist-mechanicist-atomist ( why not also epicureanists). They live and die and there is no sense for it at all: everything is absurd. They are mere atoms but do not care to explain its origin, its presence and its finality. They need not explain how these atoms came together in the shape and form billions of things are made to perfection.
However, atoms remain atoms and need to be explained, knocking at the door of every mind, and this is where we prepare ourselves to use the perceptible in order to attain the inetlligible ( from two apples we reach a mathematical world of infinite dimensions that is all abstract and complete expressed of intelligible symbols). Our mind is our vehicle that makes us leap from the phsycial to the metphsycial, from the perceptible to the intelligible and from the universe to God ( if you are so lucky).
Such leap, I would call it a leap, for it cannot be rationalized by scientific criterion, lacking evidence all the way, is made by everyone and by obligation. Either there is a maker for atoms or there isn't! Either there is a designer for atoms,their products or there isn't! Either there is a holder of atoms to make life manifestations, stars, galaxies, solar systems, or there isn't.
It is a matter of choice and the choice is an imposed obligation on everyone, you and I very much concerned, it had to be made and certainly before death.
For those who chose to consider the univsree and their confrontation with it as a fruitful experience they would choose a maker, a desginer, a holder and a disposer. Atoms cannot exist by itself unless there is a power that made it what it is, or atoms must have made itself by itself. In this case in every atom resides a Maker-designer-holder and disposer making things swing at leisure and according to a master plan.
Unless you yourself did not make your own atoms, assembled them and disposes of them, nor that of the universe then something, or someone, must have done the job. This is identified by humans as God and you have a choice to believe or not to believe in creator-cause God. It is entirely up to your own judgment made by the 120 billions of your intelligent neurons assembled together in order to make you reach to such a conclusion.
The journey from the preceptible-physical to the intelligible-metaphysical relates our universe with the hypothesis of a maker of the universe: this mediator between the two is your brain.
So decide for yourself!
For such perspectives you can read more in the 'Journal of direct democracy and God'.