originally posted by: MouldyCrumpet
So my friend is doing some course and asked me to participate in the following questionnaire, I immediately thought it would be great to post it here
on ATS to get an idea on all the variations of answers we would get..
So for all those wish to, please answer the following questions
I'm also happy to post my reply first as an example underneath
- Where did the universe come from?
- Is the basic nature of reality matter, spirit or energy, or something else?
- Where did human beings come from?
- What’s the point of life?
- Are humans significant in some sort of way or not?
- Is there such a thing as right and wrong?
- Are these(right and wrong) true for everyone or just for people in a particular situation?
- What happens to us when we die?
- What is the ultimate end to human life?
My personal thoughts on the question provided:
A. "Where did the universe come from?"
I don't really think the universe came from anywhere. I lean towards thinking it's been here basically forever. It simply "Dies" and then ends up
being "born again." It's just a constant cycle of ups and downs.
B. "Is the basic nature of reality matter, spirit or energy, or something else?"
Reality and consciousness are pretty weird things. Kind of hard to state my opinion on that one. But I'd have to say that it's probably the result
of both matter and energy. Since the two are very similar. Mass can create energy, and vice versa, although they are not completely one in the same.
I'll put it to you this way. Let's look at our nervous system. The main thing that we use in order to achieve consciousness, is mainly due to our
brains. Now, our brain itself, is nothing more than matter. It has mass, and takes up space. Furthermore, our brain has to create energy (electricity)
for it to communicate to our body parts (pain would be a good example) and it also serves as our brains way of computing. Our neurons in our brain
carry electricity around. Your neurons have neural networks, and certain neurons fire depending on what is happening. Certain people associate a
strong smell, or maybe even taste with a significant moment in their life. And it is always "in the back of their mind" whenever they taste or smell
that item again. Thus connecting certain neurons to create what we call memories.
These two items are what fuels our reality our consciousness.
C. "Where did human beings come from?"
I lean towards the idea of evolution. All living organisms on this planet have DNA. And we are actually shockingly similar to every other organism
when it comes to same pieces of DNA. Some more than others. I think it has a lot to do with mutations in the coding of DNA over time. The more
beneficial mutations ended up being carried on and taken advantage of, and the feeble ones wouldn't have stood a chance. These mutations could then
be carried on, and eventually be compounded by even more. Until you end up with something quite different than what it originally was. I could go on,
but I want to stop there before it goes to long.
A. "What’s the point of life?"
I don't think there is any kind of ultimate goal or point life itself is supposed to attain really. Just because we are alive doesn't mean there is
some kind of purpose for it. I guess at the end of the day your forced to make your own purpose. Because nothing and no one will point it out for you.
B. Are humans significant in some sort of way or not?
I'm sure a lot of people would say yes to this. Believe what they please, though I have to humbly say no, not exactly. I'd love to think we are some
kind of special prize the Universe adores. But it just comes down to wishful thinking and self interest. We've become arrogant towards other species
simply because we have figured out the system, and climbed the food chain. Though we still act like animals. Because we are animals. I shake my head
at fellow humans who think we are separate from nature, or are the "special" ones only worthy of these things called "souls." Kind of ironic when
you think about it, we think we're so great, yet we are the most violent, selfish, and destructive species on the planet. It's textbook arrogant
thinking at it's core. I try to humble myself and simply say I'm apart of it all. I'm just along for the ride.
A. Is there such a thing as right and wrong?
The IDEA of having right and wrong are good ideas. It helps to keep order and peace. But they are nothing more than ideas. They're things we humans
made up out of thin air. You can't measure or define right and wrong. People make their own right and wrong. Or learn it from other people. But in
the end, it's just a pipe dream.
B. Are these(right and wrong) true for everyone or just for people in a particular situation?
Well, as far as our system is set-up, it appears that right and wrong change under certain circumstances. Some people view murder to be wrong, yet
some support capital punishment for people who are criminals. Murder is considered "wrong" though if it is used against a bad person, it somehow
becomes "right" to some people. And that same concept carries over into many different categories. Things that are usually considered bad, turn into
something good for certain people. Which is why right and wrong and right cannot be defined or measured. It's not full proof, or consistent.
A. "What happens to us when we die?"
Well, our physical bodies will remain here on this planet as long as it stands. We're made up of matter. Which is said to be neither created or
destroyed. As far as an after life, I couldn't tell you for sure. Though, I'm not one to believe that we're going to have to serve and worship some
kind of deity/deities for the rest of eternity.
B. "What is the ultimate end to human life?"
Not sure if you mean humanity in general, or a individual humans life/existence.