Why must the beginning of the universe be perfect?
It seems that nearly all theories of the beginning of the universe, and the arguments of proponents of all of them, assume that the beginning of the universe is all-encompassing and perfect.
Let me give an idea of what I mean:
God created the universe. Why not an entity neither all-powerful nor all-knowing?
The universe was created in the big bang, an event in which all matter and time itself originated. Why couldn’t the big bang just be the manifestation of a trivial event, with vast amounts of time and matter outside of it?
One could argue that if the creation of the universe isn’t all-encompassing, then it is not really the creation of the universe, but this just leads to the question of why we regard everything we see as everything that exists. This in turn leads to the question of why we think that everything we see should coelesce into something perfect (symmetrical and beautiful).
What seems plainly obvious to me is that there is no example anywhere of a perfect object. Every object has its particularity and its quirks which originated in the manner of its creation. Why do we suppose that the universe does not have such quirks?
Every direction we look in space is rich with unique detail.
If you explore a fractal like the Mandelbrot set, despite the fact that every part of it is uniquely shaped (differentiated at least by reflection), the over-all sense is that it is predictable. Not so the universe – every piece seems crafted all to its own. Compared to the universe, the Mandelbrot set seems as sterile as an equilateral triangle.
To my mind, the best we can hope to accomplish is to understand our place in our specific environment, and any notion that our environment is all-encompassing or perfect only serves to limit the flexibility of our thought.