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Today’s blog was inspired by a posting about Albert Einstein that was put on Facebook by an old college friend who is still alive. Thanks, Glen.
ACCORDING TO ALBERT EINSTEIN the most important question that we, as a species, can ask might be, “Is the universe a friendly place?”
If the universe is “friendly” as Al says (to mildly paraphrase), then we should be ready to be inundated with interstellar welcome wagons, coupons for free ‘this and that’ from a mall in Alpha Centauri, and Motherships full of door-to-door Alien contractors offering free estimates on roof repair.
However, if the universe is an “unfriendly” place, we should brace ourselves for an onslaught of calls from incredibly long distance telephone solicitors, ads from furniture stores in the Andromeda galaxy that have been “Going Out Of Business” for more than 7000 years (No Free Deliveries), and Motherships full of door-to-door Alien contractors offering free estimates on roof repair. Some things never change no matter what.
If this is how the human race decides its spot in the universe, as dwelling in an unfriendly and dangerous place, then we place ourselves in peril of destroying the world in the process of trying to be safe. Much like the last few seasons of “American Idol.”
If we decide that the universe is an essentially “friendly” place we would feel free to use our brains and resources to create a beneficent and creative world. I like that idea, but you better not be wrong.
A huge segment of the human race believes in the existence of a Supreme Deity (or a multitude of deities) and tries to direct their individual lives by some code of behavior. All too often these various codes come in conflict with each other. Bad Juju. We need to be about trying to get a consensus on that “friendly” versus “unfriendly” question. You never know when the answer might be thrust upon us like in the movie, “Independence Day.”
Then there are those people who think that the universe is a giant crap game, where everything that happens is a product of random chance. If that is the case then I would tend to agree with Al that such a belief system implies that life is as meaningless as late night television and turkey bacon.
I also believe that God, in whatever manifestation you may hold as true, rather than play dice games, has a wicked sense of humor. Just look around you. Look at the Platypus, an egg laying marsupial with a bad attitude. Look at Sushi – a very clever marketing idea planted in the head of a guy with a Bait and Tackle business that was failing. Look in the mirror. Every morning when I stumble to the bathroom, and look in the mirror, my first words are, “Oh, God.”
What a tough question Al has posed for us. “Friendly” or “Unfriendly?”
A number of years ago Douglas Adams, a brilliant and wildly insane writer – the creator of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy” books – had some of his characters looking for an answer to a similar question. They created a massive Super-Computer called “Deep Thought” and asked it to give them, “the answer to life, the universe, and everything.” After a million years of computing and cogitating, Deep Thought gave them the answer: 42.
The people who had been waiting for a million years were totally flummoxed by that answer.
All I can say to that is, “Don’t Panic!”
Of course, no matter what is eventually decided about Al’s question, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. You, me, the clown who takes his pet goat to his senior prom – all of us. Personally though, I like what was said by Federico Fellini the much lauded filmmaker.