Premise one: All material effects have causes.
Premise two: The entirety of material existence is a collective effect.
Premise three: All material effects must be accounted for in the cause.
Premise four: Consciousness and individuality are part of existence.
Conclusion: Therefore, the original cause of existence must be a conscious individual whose personal existence is independent of any previous cause.
When searching out the cause of existence, one must invariably come to a point where there is an original cause, which itself is without a cause. If every material effect has a cause, this first ‘cause’ must be something which cannot be defined as material; it operates under a different set of principles from what we call ‘matter’. If that cause operates under a different set of principles than anything we are familiar with, how can we speak about it? Since we are familiar with the effect of that original cause, and that effect is subject to the material rule that all effects must be accounted for in the cause, i.e. an effect cannot posses more than what is found in the cause, then by looking at the effect, we can at least understand some details about the cause. Consciousness, individuality and personality seem to be intrinsic aspects of existence; one must assume their presence in the cause of existence. Therefore, the cause of all existence must be a conscious individual, whose existence is independent of any previous cause.