I am looking at the system—the universe—holistically, and applying new terms to concepts we already know to be true.
What determines beings as beings? Heidegger asked. Perhaps the answer is c. The speed of light. The material universe is accelerating. I believe the speed of light is both the upper and the lower limit of its speed.
The material universe is what we see. It’s an image, akin to a snapshot. But the variables of which the snapshot is comprised are shifting. We can render the 1920 image with really dark paint and really bright light. But for the 2020 image, the paint is paler and the light is softer. Someone born in 1920 can appear alongside us in 2020, but the way their image is being rendered is different, and it requires more energy—unnecessary energy—to render it that way.
As time speeds up, light slows down. Both gestures are strenuous. Both are the reverse of what’s natural. Time (matter) wants to be slow, and light (energy) wants to be fast.
“As time speeds up” is just another way of saying the universe is accelerating. Time has been speeding up for a while now. But we’re only seeing half the picture. As matter accelerates, energy decelerates. Matter keeps accelerating, and energy keeps decelerating, until matter reaches the speed of light, at which point, matter and energy flip. After that point, matter can begin to decelerate, and energy can begin to accelerate. Rather than requiring energy, this will generate energy.
This “flip”—when matter is going so fast that it becomes energy, and energy is going so slowly that it becomes matter—is what I believe is evinced in the alternating hot and cold pattern of our Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). The ecliptic along which the flip takes place is the upper and lower limit of the universe—the speed of light.