What is the purpose of life, in the eyes of the universe?

What is the purpose of life, in the eyes of the universe?

So, nothing is going to matter. And that is the same as saying, nothing really matters.
You want to feel happy, or make a difference? All of that, will sublimate. Will be vaporized with more than a nuclear fusion. Quite literally disappear as being sucked into a black hole, according to some theories.
You might as well die right now, because it’s not going to matter.

What can you do, then? Everything, almost certainly, and inevitably, seems to remain a zero sum game.
A goal that you can choose, with surprising triviality, that will really matter, is to change the nature of the game. Fundamentally.
This, in entirety, seems to be oddly out of the scope of our usual thought process. It appears obvious on the face of it, but all of society, a large part of [deep] wisdom, and so on, condition us to believe that things are pretty hunky dory on the whole. I’m not sure what Stockholm Syndrome really is, but I have a strong feeling that being kidnapped in this usual structure of the universe, has made us fall into the belief that things are how they ought to be. This aim to justify the nature of the universe’s game as appropriate, adequate, and not entirely inconsequential, might also be the source of the attempts of justification of the universe with notions of Gods, religion, apart from all the lines of wisdom appreciating and embracing death, among other things.
[everything here is speculation, and is more than likely to be wrong, or not correct – especially in a proper nature of causality. But then again, nothing can actually be known because we’re all going to die anyway, right.]

-One question in the air I cannot address right now – where does our consciousness come from, what would/should drive us to make any difference, or even be under the made up belief that we might be able to do the same?

I’m going to assume, that all of us want to make a difference. I cannot imagine why you’d want to live anyway if you’re okay with being entirely inconsequential. Apart from choosing to be hedonistic. Sure, go ahead with that if you want to; not something I’d condone, because in a utilitarian sense for things that will matter, and investment of resources aptly, I think it’d be better if you’d die, really.

So, on an average, when asked explicitly, people are really okay with the general structure of the universe and how life happens, because nothing can be done about it. But at the same time, there’s always a part of the crowd trying to fight out of it.
People have frequently dreamed of immortality, amongst other things.
There is a fascinating oxymoron that seems to have happened here, on the presumptory observation that people have reduced how much they believe in immortality, than before.
In times of believing in magic, when people didn’t know the reason behind things, they were willing to believe that one ritual or another, would help them live longer, for no well defined / substantive reason. This may or may not have succeeded in helping people live. And regardless, people would die. In a time of magic, immortality seems to be a more manageable belief, when you’re not really looking for a reason to explain phenomena.
In today’s world, when we don’t really know what death is or how it happens [citation needed] – {Feynman’s paragraph on how finding an immortal person, shall not change any established thoeries, etc}, as in, we know _reasonably/rationally_ of *no* reason that says people/life should die. Somehow, in today’s world, we have embraced death and given up on immortality much more, I think. (This again might be specific to my narrow set of observations and people I’ve been exposed to, but is the general belief I gather and mostly used to have).
Random note, interesting thing to see: There are systems I here, of people in Europe and the US who’re depositing money over their life so that their dead bodies are frozen for 40-50 years, so that they can come back to life if technology reaches the stage where dead bodies/people can be brought back to life. So there is a set of people who believe and have hope. There is also a narrow set of people, who’re actually working to make this happen, if not with the whole immortality-ambition, more ‘realistic’ smaller goals.

I think it’s pretty trivial, that we should embrace the desire to change the game. Because that’s the only thing that’ll matter. It might not end up being achieved; humanity is totally likely to die much sooner than technology or knowledge evolve to the requisite extent. But *insert cliche about having hope here, because there’s not much else we can have*.

To be able to act, we will draw the line somewhere, about how deeply we will philosophise. To get work done, you need to be able to decide not to become an arts student, because… I will try to elaborate on this later, but yeah. I will believe that there will be something beyond the edge of the universe. The aim of humanity, to impact the universe, to be able to rise in size to touch that edge, to challenge it, and to reach beyond it.
I only spoke about immortality above.
If you’re willing to entertain the thought of this possibility, it should be a logical follow up that you be willing to drop all social, or trained human pretenses, that ageing, weakening, etc is a compulsion.
But immortality would free us of this strongly imposing deadline of the notion of time. We would not need to travel faster than light, or break physics as is known today, to be literally able to go beyond our solar system, and quite likely beyond the galaxy. Spread like the virus we are, resilient, evolving, fairly smart, and pretty eager/desperate to reproduce.

The thing behind this, what will _really_ enable us to become superhuman, if we aren’t already some level of this concept, is knowledge – science, and rationality. It is known that one of the most critical instruments to our evolution was the ability to write. What that did, was enable us to compile, archive, and pass on our knowledge. For the coming generation, to stand and see not only on the shoulders of the stories of their elders, but the shoulders of millenia of growing and accumulating thoughts.
[cracked article]
And only around four to five centuries ago did we start to think critically enough, to be aware of what we know and how we know it. I am pretty sure I can say that this has cause an unequivocal rapid increase in the general progress of knowledge, and simultaneously, humanity. The rise in life span, living conditions of the average human, and how far we’ve reached into outer space.
So there are two things we’re going for, that we need to not forget.
The first being, that we’re doing this for ourselves. For humanity, and general life. This is what we have, and what we need to forge ahead with. Why we need compassion. And love. This is something I severely lack really, so I think you shuold substantiate this for me.
And the second thing, is ahead, far far ahead, beyond the horizon, we believe that we will transcend a boundary. It might not be anything conclusive. It should not be, I believe. It’ll probably be like the first moon landing. A small step for one man, a giant leap for mankind. We will have come a long way, and there will always be something ahead to go to, to look ahead into.
The tool, and task we have to accomplish this, is [refine] our mind, our intellect. I do not know if this is what makes us unique, but there is really no such need, even. We have this. We need to think, be not stupid, work to increase/improve the world’s cumulative knowledge, and empower ourselves to up, up and beyond.

Really, your hopelessness and nihilism might turn out to be right all along. And we might all just die in vain. It’ll only be so much fun if all you did throughout the ride was scream and be happy while just accepting that it’ll end at the same place it began. If we have the option of believing we can break the roller coaster off the track and into the skies, and work to make it happen, why the hell not. We’ve been made to sit on the ride anyway. That’ll make it a hell of a ride. And worth spending the time.

Meaningless Megalomania - SMBC Comics

Because I like to repeat and rephrase, again and again. Once more.
Hold your hands. Respect life, and give it utmost value. It is your tool, weapon, and all you have.
Enjoy the ride you are on. But don’t believe that it has to end, that you have to come back with no change really. Do what you can to change it, loose some screws, rock the boat, and tell everybody to do more.
Believe that you can make this ship you’re floating on, fly. And there’s a wonderful sky above. Look above occasionally to appreciate the beauty, and then get to making it happen. Hell yeah.

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This comes 3-4 days after I first wrote this essay. I find this delightful, that it’s happening. I also felt a bit sad to read the linked article about how Google did try to do something radical with green energy but gave up because they felt they were failing. But I find it most jarring/sad, is that an author for the MIT Tech Review, writes this article, and does not hesitate from putting “LOL” in the title. It’s odd that this is so much outside the scope of normal human thought. To manage real progress, we’d have to believe in the possibility of a utopia, or at least getting closer to one. There’s really no point in staying alive, otherwise.


In a similar time span, this comes to my attention. Which sounds beautiful, amazing, and everything good all at once. There are people not only dreaming of this, but making it happen. There needs to be more people who work at this end, for this to be meaningfully accepted, and be a useful part of our system, rather than just something lazy slobs take up to be smug with their lives. But it’s great nevertheless.

Another comic on the SMBC one’s lines.

 
  • The Earnest

    Agreed you want to live life to the fullest, lose some screws, rock the boat, and do much more. But don’t you think its oxymoron-ic enough that if you induce the idea of possibility of attaining immortality, people might just lose/give up on the value of life? As in you’re asking people to challenge themselves, cross the boundaries and explore what lies beyond, but won’t they be less motivated to do so if they found out there might be a chance they could live longer and hence, have all the time in the world to do something beyond their imagination? This does, to some extent, defeat the very purpose of your idea of challenging oneself.
    Though you might argue that if one has all the time in the world, there will come a point of time when one has fulfilled all the challenges one wanted to conquer. But still, in this scenario, people will live their lives with a little bit less compassion because time will be of no essence to them anymore, thanks to the idea of the possibility of immortality.