The TOE must not only encompass the unification of the forces, which is the GUT (the Grand Unification theory), but it must also demonstrate why anything exists at all, and how it does so, and, furthermore, how that ties in to what we have become up to now, such as how we operate, and so forth.
“Why does anything exist at all?” is much akin to the ‘great’ philosophical question of “Why is there something instead of nothing?”
Both questions are stated backwards, as if ‘something’ had to be decided, versus there being Nothing‚ a lack of anything. Some presume that something came from an absolute Nothing or that things are forever made of even smaller things. These are not the case, for causes cannot forever precede causes—an infinite regress, nor can a total Nothing ever produce anything, for ‘it’ has no existence, meaning that it is not even ‘there’, yet, Nothing still plays a role, as there is literally nothing to make anything of. To confirm, we look for a balance of opposites summing to zero, and, indeed, we find it. It is as if Nothing is perfectly unstable, which is why it cannot be, and is not found anywhere at all.