•Everything groups and Everything ungroups;
•Everything is or was made up of groups of other things.
These two statements represent a totality of Everything from quarks [the subatomic particles that group to create protons and neutrons, which in turn group with electrons to form atoms, which group into molecules, which group into cells, which group into organs, which group into systems, which group into individuals, which group into family, state, religion, species, ecosystem, planet, solar system, local star group, galaxy, cluster of galaxies] to super clusters of galaxies and possibly groups of universes.
Everything whose existence has been confirmed by science, groups with other things and is, in turn, made up of groups of other things.
Are we on the wrong track in looking for a unified theory of our universe by searching for the smallest building block of matter? Is the key to Everything the Group, rather than the ultimate building block?
Maybe there is no smallest unit of matter or energy and there is no largest grouping of groupings, or cluster of universes, only the limits of our technology or imagination to see smaller and larger. If there is a smallest unit of matter and energy, it is smaller than an atom, smaller even than a proton and probably smaller than a quark, so the key to Everything still appears to be in the grouping of these tiny particles.
If there is no final building block of matter or energy then the key to Everything must be in the group. Which segues to my next theory.
Note: Current theories consider electrons and photons and a host of other subatomic particles to be elementary particles, unable to be further “ungrouped,” however, current theories also hypothesize that in the first split seconds of the universe, these particles did not exist and are the end result of theoretical particles grouping due to changes in the initial state (possibly of temperature and pressure) of the universe. Current technology does not allow us to actually see quarks or electrons or photons, though, so it is possible that they are made up of smaller particles (or the vibrating loops of string theory), which could be made up of still smaller particles (or smaller loops) and so on.