And other profound thoughts that won’t get you into the heavens anymore.
Consider: When the Universe underwent inflation, it was a mere 10-35 seconds old. That’s an incredibly short time by human terms, too small for us to really grasp well. And it only lasted until 10-32 seconds after the Big Bang.
That duration is so short that analogies are difficult to use. That time period compared to one second is far, far smaller than one second is compared to the current age of the Universe.
But that’s in human terms. Compared to the age of the cosmos back then, inflation lasted for more than 1,000 times the amount of time the Universe had already existed.
Scaling that to current terms, if something like inflation started now, it would have to last for tens of trillions of years to be comparable in length. We think of the Universe as old, but it is as fleeting as the single wing beat of a mosquito compared to that.
Also too, space abhors a vacuume.
Don’t even get me started on how fast light was travelling back then either.
You might mention to Thomas Friedman that universes are flat, Earth’s are spherical, however.
Anyway. in like a lion out like a lamb.
It’s the march of time.
Consider however, if we exit in a multiverse, this one is a pun.