“What is wild cannot be bought or sold, borrowed or copied. It is. Unmistakeable, unforgettable, unshamable, elemental as earth and ice, water, fire and air, a quintessence, pure spirit, resolving into no constituents.” –Jay Griffiths
At the earliest times, we can trace the history of our Universe back to an inflationary state, where the energy inherent to space itself caused a rapid, exponential expansion. At the latest (current) times, billions of years after inflation ended and the Big Bang occurred, dark energy has come to dominate the Universe’s expansion. These two states are very different in magnitude, but they’re similar in a lot of ways, too.
They both drive the Universe towards a cold, barren, empty state. They both lead to an exponential state of expansion, inflating all other matter away. And they both may be inherently unstable, eventually decaying to a more stable state. But they could be completely distinct phenomena, too, unlinked by anything expect the coincidences we notice.