November 20, 2022

Why Is There Something, Not Nothing?


In his song “Holy Now,” Peter Mayer, reflecting his Catholic upbringing, writes: “Wine from water is not so small/ But an even better magic trick/ Is that anything is here at all.” The question of “Why is there anything at all?” is the first and most basic philosophical question one can ask. It’s a question that has been of endless interest to me – my “life-koan,” if you will – and one I will be addressing on this Sunday prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.