I took this picture during an IT conference near Redditch a couple of weeks ago. This has been cropped to show the true form of the Lotus Flower growing from the mud of a pond on a golf course.
The Lotus is symbolic in Nichiren’s Buddhism because it represents the simultaneity of cause and effect because it flowers and makes seed at the same time, and also, because it is seen as something beautiful emerging from a rank and muddy place – this means that anything and anyone can change, completely.
Einstein had trouble with simultaneity – hence the theory of relativity; however certain things are now known and measured in physics that come under the term Entanglement (part of quantum theory) – which could be said to be similar to the Nichiren Buddhist principle of Cause and Effect.
Personally, I think a universal description of “everything” is some way off but as long as we stick to Richard Feynman’s methods of testing and proofs for theories, the answer will come. It just needs the right test.
“It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are. If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong” – Richard Feynman