I’m far from sober right now but I’ve reached the state where my lack of sobriety has induced a train of thoughts beginning with the old and tired questions of why we’re here, what’s the meaning of life, is there anything to look forward to afterwards, heaven, hell, etc… After sitting and thinking about all of this for a while I came to somewhat of an insane yet plausible theory. It might seem strange or absolutely impossible at first but if you bare with me, by the end of this maybe you’ll agree with me, or at least accept my ideas as a valid argument towards these questions we all wonder about.
Not long ago I was reading about how our cells might be able to store memory. There are a number of reports online about people being able to recall memories that weren’t their own after receiving an organ transplant. Not a brain transplant… just any random organ. These stories led me to websites where scientists described their theories and ideas about cells being able to store memories in paces other than the brain. Now combining my knowledge of the different fields of science, being biology, chemistry, and astronomy; I feel like my lack of specialization leads me to experience a unique idea of how everything works from the universe itself all the way down to the atoms that make up everything around us including ourselves.
One fact that I’ve always been fascinated with is that all of the atoms that make us and everything in this world and every other planet in the universe have all been created within stars. Stars use nuclear fusion to fuse hydrogen atoms into larger elements. When the star becomes too heavy to support it’s own weight, it explodes as a supernova, cascading debris (the elements it created) into space. These debris form asteroids, planets… and if the conditions are perfect, life. We are made from stardust. We are the universe and the universe is us.
I know I seem to be jumping between two very different topics but in my head it all ties together. If cellular memory is a real thing and those transplant stories online are true, what if the memories go deeper than that? What if our memories are stored in the very atoms that make up our cells. Scientists today don’t know enough about atoms to be able to test my theory, especially since they’ve only recently discovered that protons are made up of even smaller particles… but maybe my idea will be remembered some day and tested when the proper knowledge is found.
So piecing everything together now, here is my full theory: What if our memories are stored within the atoms that make us, but not individually. For example, every atom holds every memory. If you remove an atom from me and analyze it with a tool yet to be invented or with an ability the mind has not yet learned how to use, all of my memories, (and all of the memories of anyone else who previously had that atom as a part of them) can be read. This brings on the next part of my theory. If we are the universe and the universe is us, what if we are us…. I am you, you are me… What if every person, every animal, every life, is all one soul living over and over again and even simultaneously, but only remembering one life at a time. For example, in this round I am me, but the next round I am you. Each time this soul reaches the end of a life, it back tracks to which ever life comes next in the sequence. I was born October 17, 1989 at 5:17 pm. Following this theory, my next round would be to live the life of whoever was the next person born immediately after me on October 17th, 1989. And after that life is over the soul runs back to that night again to begin the life of the next person born. This goes on from the beginning of life until the last thing to ever live dies. And if there has been or will be life anywhere else in the universe that will also be experienced. And at the end, if there is an end, the universe itself is really the only soul to ever exist, and the soul purpose of life is for the universe to experience itself.