Was the universe designed? By whom? How did its designer(s) originate?
Are we unique gene-environment interactions or reincarnating psyches? How could psyches begin? (To suggest that they are beginningless is to abandon explanations.)
Self-consciousness is caused and defined by material conditions, organism-environment interactions, cerebral processes, subject-object relationships, social contexts and linquistic interactions. Pre-existent self-consciousness lacking conditions and contents is self-contradictory like a circle without a circumference.
Circular Flatlanders postulating a circular but infinitely diametered creator would be opposed by sceptics arguing that circularity requires a circumference, therefore a finite diameter, and that an uncreated original circle entails a possibly uncreated Flatland.
Contexts are our circumferences.