Since the entire universe—from quantum phenomenon to the largest galaxies—is in profound motion, the question could be better framed if we ask what constitutes agency on the most basic level of motion.
Furthermore, since reality is relational (nothing exists or comes into existence alone) we need to answer a deeper question about what constitutes agency on the most basic level of coordinated process, which harmonizes and unifies motion. Nothing gains coherence unless individual things can create systems that consist of both successive and simultaneous order—with orientation. The universe and all its processes are uniquely unified through an analog of cooperation.
Finally, process and coordination produces utility with definite values. So what constitutes agency on the most basic level of utility?
When the original question concerning fundamental reality is re-formulated in this latter way, we see that the question of agency becomes very complicated and seems to mock a purely physical and blind cause. In fact, there is no scientific or physical reason why Great Nature is in a constant endeavor for self-organization (and increased utility).
What is the thermodynamics of increased utility?
Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg claimed that the answer is theological. The reason is that there is no fundamental force or agency whose essence is to unite everything other than God’s spiritual influence of Infinite Love. Love, since it is a psychical and non-material force, answers the requirement of agency existing in a pre-Planck and pre-spacetime realm—that is, before the Creation Event.
These are just a few issues I tackle in my award-winning book Proving God, which offers rational evidence for why science and theology can both be elevated to a new level of understanding and ultimately unified.
The question of why we humans and the universe were created then becomes the same question as to how we humans and the universe came into existence.