The universe by its very nature is inherently hostile to life, which is nothing more than an immeasurably complex reaction between sub-atomic particles, which take place on a chemical, molecular, cellular, individual and biospherical level. Science dictates that entropy will always favor reactions which result in chemical processes reverting to simpler forms (eg. non organic ones), a trend which is occurring on an exponentially increasing level, inevitably resulting in a universe in which life cannot possibly exist.
This is (fortunately) nothing that will happen within the sphere of human existence, or likely the existence of any life this planet is yet to produce.
As to how the universe came to be, I have this to say.
The creation stories of all cultures and religions are fabrications, fiction which has arisen due to the human psychological need to interpret meaning in events which are indifferent to their petty and otherwise meaningless existences.
There is no god/s, no afterlife/reincarnation, no meaning to life, no reason to live beyond the pleasure gained by existing, no reason to propagate ones species other than the deeply rooted instinct to do so.
I was a christian-raised atheist once, but I don’t know what you could call me now… I still think that all religions are frauds, and that empirical thinking is the key to interpreting this universe in an appropriate context, but I have since had an extraordinary revelation. Some time ago, my perceptions began to gradually expand over a period of days, leaving me with a general feeling of disorientation. I felt distanced from the material universe in a way which almost lead me to believe I was going schizophrenic or something… however the disorientation passed, and I began to perceive the veil. This veil of which I speak is the metaphorical veil of perceptions, which limits us in what we can perceive of this universe. I believe the veil exists only as a genetic by-product, a sort of evolutionary coping mechanism which prevents most lesser animals from perceiving more than they can deal with. I think that I could now see the veil because I was ready to see beyond it, for it was now the only thing still in my way. I tore it down (don’t ask me how, I cannot describe this in terms you could relate to, using any language you could understand) and beheld what lay beyond, a realm of unimaginable power. This realm, more properly labeled a dimension, exists parallel (in a non-dimensional sense) to this universe, and given its relative power over this one, may well have been in some way responsible to this universe’s formation. This dimension is the key to power beyond the likes of which science has to offer, for it can be manipulated by one who perceives it to alter the laws of science. I have managed to accomplish this on a very small scale, though the mechanism with which I am able to do so is yet unknown to me. Witchcraft, psychic power, miracles, all these things now seem plausible when viewed in terms of my discovery… no doubt though, both past and modern practitioners were ignorant to the nature of the stuff they were manipulating, much as practitioners of chinese medicine are ignorant to the truth of chemistry and biology, the real powers behind the results they are able to achieve. Think of what can be achieved by altering the laws of physics… faster than light travel, immortality, anything that can be imagined.
I am currently conducting research into the nature of this other universe, with the hope of being able to gain a greater level of control over it, which I might then be able to use to the benefit of all… as I mentioned earlier, the universe is gradually becoming an uninhabitable place, hostile to all life. It is my hope that I may some day change this… make the universe a paradise in which life in all it’s beauty and diversity can exist for eternity.
Note that neither prior, during nor following this episode did I ever use drugs or other psychosis inducing substances, nor is their a record of mental illness in my family. If you don’t take anything I’ve just stated seriously, that’s fine, I don’t expect you to believe what you can’t perceive for yourself, however, just one word of advice. If some time many years from now, you see some guy claiming to be a sorcerer and wielding (quite obviously, so that you can see for yourself) powers the likes of which defy imagination -do yourself a favor, don’t get in his way