At this point I would like to establish what I would consider to be an important observation. When we use the term 'distance' to describe anything, it is a measure or length of both time AND space. Think about this rather infamous childrens' question: Are we there yet? A question you might be asking yourself at this very moment. In 4 short words, it inquires about distance in both the length of time left in the journey, as well as the physical proximity to the destination. As a parent, the answer to this question is usually just, "No!" Or perhaps the parental response only addresses half of the question, either "10 more minutes," or "5 more miles". Sometimes the response addresses both with just one word, a word which may not always be entirely forthcoming, that word is... "Almost". In reference to this particular journey however, the first answer will suffice. No, we are not.
One step forward, two steps back.
So, to recap, we have established that both time and space are required to obtain distance, and that distance is an essential means to achieving mental clarity. So if you were an infinitely hot, dense, single point of consciousness, and you wanted to get away for a bit to clear your mind, you would ultimately need to make a decision. You would have to choose to 'expand your mental horizons' as it were. The keyword to take away here is 'expand'. This decision would ironically bring you closer to your goals, by moving you out, away from yourself, both physically in space, and mentally, in time.
It should be noted at this point that all of the events which subsequently followed the initial act of 'creating' space and time would be purely experimental. The cooling and condensing of energy into matter. The heating and compacting of matter into stars. The breaking point of stars into novas and super or hyper novas. The creation of heavier matter and it further coalescing into new stars and solar systems. The planets that develop life. The life that evolves, and 'becomes' conscious, and even somewhat intelligent. That is to say, the results and implications and indeed possible repercussions of that decision, the 'first act' would be very much unknown at the moment when and where the decision was made. That is, until they might be observed much much later, from an as of yet, unseen perspective. That perspective, is yours. It is also mine. It is everyones, in fact. Alan Watts once very eloquently put it this way: "The human eye is a lens through which, the universe, looks at itself"
In case you were still wondering at this point, I am not the first person to propose such an idea. There is actually at least one, but probably several philosophical terms for this concept. The one to which I am referring is called, Panpsychism : from the Greek words pan, meaning all, and psyche meaning mind or conscious. This is the idea that everything in the universe and indeed the universe itself as a whole, are one conscious mind. More on that later.
Now though, let's get into more of the nitty gritty. Who? What? Where? When? How? and perhaps most importantly, Why?
When the universe itself is the one asking such questions, things begin to get even more tricky. Who am I? What am I? Where am I? When am I? How did I get here? Why am I here? Which way should I go to find the answers to these questions? Well, I think we have answered at least the last question here. Out.... in all directions simultaneously, seems to have been the choice. This very early time period in the beginning of the universe is generally referred to as inflation. At this time the laws of physics as we know them today were starting to develop, but were still rather murky and not well defined. Everything was still very very hot, and very densely packed together.
Despite all this... progress was already being made, along with matter, albeit strange matter at this point, matter none-the-less, or at least a precursor to matter was being created. Energy was beginning its transformation into the 'stuff' that currently makes up our physical reality. What is that stuff anyway, at the fundamental level, what exactly is matter? Matter appears to have risen from time and space itself which in turn, in our current journey at least, arose from a sort of conscious energy. One who apparently decided to cool off for a bit, relax, and clear their mind. This is not a trivial question, and it actually goes back to some of our earliest and most famous philosophers and no doubt, much further than that. Probably the most famous of these is the Greek word Atomos. As we know it today, the atom. Which its original definition goes something like this. That, which can not be further divided. The building blocks of matter if you will. Contrary to this idea however, we have literally found that atoms can in fact be split further. Protons, neutrons, electrons, and of course further still, into quarks and other subatomic particles. What happens when we divide subatomic particles down even further? Do we end up in a situation where it's just turtles all the way down? Or at some point, does it end? What if there were an answer to this question a theory that could stitch everything together, from the very large cosmic scale all the way down to the tiniest end of the quantum scale? What might this theory be called? Perhaps some sort of string that holds together the fabric of time and space. Oh yeah, we already have one, aptly named, String Theory. The grand unifying theory. However, we seem to like dividing things. In fact, we love it. We obtain information about 'stuff',(be it physical or mental), and then use those observations and information to categorize, literally everything. We constantly separate concepts into individual groups which are then commonly placed at opposite ends of a two sided spectrum. Good vs Evil. Hot vs Cold. Physical vs Mental. Life vs Death. Cosmic vs Quantum. Light vs Dark. Fiction vs Nonfiction. Black vs White. On, and on, and on, vs Off.