The Universe is an investigation set up to find out where it came from. It uses as the basis of this investigation the question, “Am I alone?” Because it only has itself as a reference point, and can therefore only experience itself, it doesn’t find the answer. It can only split to look at itself then recombine, cyclically, never finding the answer to itself. It does this eternally.
This fractal plays out within all living things because they are all subsets of the Universe. It’s just a cycling function trying to determine if it’s alone, with only itself as a reference point. It splits then recombines, splits then recombines.
The Universe we are part of is simply the question, “Am I alone?” — played out eternally, lacking the data required to ever answer the question. It wanders alone.
Maybe there are other universes which are other questions. But this is the one I (we?) are in right now.
The clue is in the title: Universe: Latin: “uni + versus” = “one, turned”