If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Cosmologically thinking, The great scientist Albert Einstein seems to think the answer is no. He explained it this way:
Till now it was believed that time and space existed by themselves, even if there was nothing else—no sun, no earth, no stars—while now we know that time and space are not the vessel for the universe, but could not exist at all if there were no contents, namely, no sun, earth and other celestial bodies.In other words, for there to be existence, there must be opposites. The prophet Lehi said in the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, that:
it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so...righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; [and without opposition] it must needs have been created for a thing of naught; wherefore there would have been no purpose in the end of its creation. There could have been no creation of things, neither to act nor to be acted upon; wherefore, all things must have vanished away.Similarly, Joseph Smith claimed as revelation from God the following interesting insights:
Intelligence, or the light of truth, was not created or made, neither indeed can be. All truth is independent in that sphere in which [it exists], to act for itself, as all intelligence also; otherwise there is no existence.Are all three men talking about the same thing? I'm still mulling it over, but I do think that they are...