Well... I'm completely with you in your thoughts about the universe. I would just like to add that if the universe cycles through expansions and contractions, there could very well be other means of beginning a cycle than just the big-bang. There could be a repetitive cycle of what we have theories and evidence for, or there could be dynamics and laws at work that we have no idea about, and can never know in this incarnation of the universe. The concepts are just so fun to roll through one's mind...