Certainly a very interesting read. But I prefer to look at it from the omnipotent creator perspective, even though I am an atheist. I believe that the most fundamental answer to the meaning of life is the question of why.
The understanding of why, as we have both come to an agreement on. is that regardless of what the question is, to not take things as face value and enjoy them is to neglect the beauty of their existence. We as a society have in most ways been against the concept of humans "playing god" and it has become a staple of modern post-apocalyptic films where either artificial intelligence or a new strain of virus is released upon the world through some accident. But I believe that is too narrow minded in its approach to the issue.
I personally know that historically religion has opposed progress at almost every major crossroad of progress. Regardless of whether you believe that they were worried about money or power being lost because of people losing faith is irrelevant, because this is the root of the concept and I always believe in avoiding the "modern" use of ideas rather than their fundamental roots. But more on topic, I believe that the act of discovering the answers to the worlds scientific mysteries is to play god. Because as defined in most religions, things just are, there is no reason other than "god made it that way" which defines anything that was beyond our reach at the time of the advent of an organized religion is hereby and forever more defined as "playing god."
And look what it has gotten us! We squander what technology we have on personal whims while our more primal brethren are allowed to perish without notice. I think the pending collapse of post scientific method society is due entirely to the pursuit of more. A cancerous greed if you will, that has driven humans to believe we are any more than than those creatures that share this world with us. Our parasitic lust for understanding is driven by our own complacency with always having more, faster. In a society like ours today where a phone comes out every year and is almost half again as powerful as it's predecessor gives us an imbalanced perception of what we should expect in exchange for our efforts. There was a time where a new device could take several lifetimes to be invented and improved, But now we not only ignore the truly marvelous nature of our progress, but also become impatient with it and demand more. I am a man of science, but I do not believe that it will end well for humankind.
what is the difference between a parasite and a virus?
The virus kills the host in the process of reproduction and moves on to the next once done, while the parasite simply takes no more than is necessary to survive and in some cases forms a symbiotic relationship that benefits the host.
Humans were once satisfied, content even, with what little they had. Raising children in a society where everything is easily accessible and education is given out freely, the value of everything plummets, because to understand something is to remain ignorant of how truly amazing it is. And the desire to understand why is the desire to play god. If we were to simply accept that there need not be an answer we would be a lot happier.
But make no mistake, scientist today fool themselves with ambition and false progress. They behave as if what they are doing will solve all the problems in the world, but they research how rather than why even though the problems facing the world today stem primarily stem from a disconnect between the natural state of acceptance that the why does not matter, and the scientific answers of how which fail to answer the question but also rob people of the ignorance necessary to truly be content.
I think therefore I am.
Famous quote, that is all a human truly needs. Nothing more, nothing less. The average person only thinks about the greater perspective when given the opportunity to reflect upon it, but keep them ignorant and they will live out their entire lives without needing an answer. The moment you tell them to start questioning their surroundings, they can no longer be content with what they had before, because knowing that there could be more is knowing that you have less.
Edited by NotBrad, 07 November 2015 - 02:33 AM.