Contemplating the universe is an interesting pass time and so I thought I would start this tread to discuss various views of the nature of the universe. Was there a beginning? How did it start? Or has it always existed? Will it ever end? Is it finite or infinite? How did life begin? Responses can address those questions of pose new questions for discussion. My view, the universe has always existed, there was no beginning, and it is infinite and eternal. Any objections?