Life is incredibly hard. We are all born clueless, screaming and vulnerable, and eventually every single one of us will be cut down - unable to take that next breath. Somewhere between these events we might find meaning.Risto wrote:Physicists generally agree that life doesn't have a purpose, the universe doesn't care what we do, if you will. This allows us to choose our own meaning or not choose a meaning at all. I'm not sure if a sane life is possible without a meaning. Maybe it's another discussion. If everyone can choose their own meaning, what is the best meaning to choose? Surely, not all meanings are equally valuable/meaningful?
To me, there is nothing more meaningful than the fact that somewhere around 14 billion years ago reality as we understand it consisted of mostly amorphous, superheated clouds of gas and dust. Today the physical world has cooled down and developed ever more detailed features. It's becoming more able to more eloquently express its nature. Ditto the Earth, a molten ball of rock around 4½ billion years ago. Looking at the trends, it would seem that we denizens of the present are a link in a chain leading to ever greater wonders and hopefully fewer horrors. The universe is cooling and thus seems to be becoming a calmer and gentler place - a dynamic echoed in our own lives. Until we die, of course.