The whole question begs for a premise. What is life for? Now if the answer for you is, "Nothing at all; it just is." or something similar, then I
could see constructing a world like you have described: All squeaky clean and perfect with nary a blemish or cloud in sight. You're describing a kind
of Heaven, a Camelot. To me, personally, that would be a university campus with the tuition perpetually paid containing a vast library of every book
ever printed. That's always seemed like perfection to me. But I digress.
The first problem that occurs is the fact that we are human: Homo sapiens, an animal that, for better or worse, requires sustenance to stay alive.
That means eating something, and if we have evolved to the point that eating our fellow animals is sufficiently abhorrent in our eyes, the only other
thing to eat is plants. Now I've heard that it is technically possible to subsist on the fleshy part of seeds, then plant the seed, so as not to kill
any living thing, but I'm not convinced the juice of an orange has sufficient protein to keep a population alive. And if you're a true vegan, you
can't even drink milk.
So plants it is, and yet this is an artificial division. We are willing to eat plants why? because they are sufficiently different than animals? Yet
who is to say whether a head of lettuce cries as we rip it from the ground and tear into its body with our teeth? Are you absolutely sure we are not
choking and killing a form of consciousness? I'm not sure myself. I don't have enough information to know one way or another.
Not only that, our bodies not only require sustenance, but shelter and clothing. Once again, we provide for ourselves buy utilizing our environment
however we can. We can make clothing from the wool of sheep and not kill them, but inevitably shelter and clothing leads to taking from the
environment simply because the environment, except in certain narrowly-defined locales, is not hospitable enough to support our lives. We need fire to
So if we are to create this perfect world without killing, being human is not the way to do it. There is too much inherently wrong with the whole idea
because humans aren't really designed for a non-killing, unsheltered existence, certainly not for 7 billion people. The only way to do it would be to
be in the form of some sort of consciousness that did not require killing something else, animal or vegetable, to stay alive, but instead derive
energy from something like solar power. That would relieve us of the necessity of exploiting anything at all.
We're never going to get there in this world. besides, we share it with bears that eat salmon, cougars that eat deer, wolves that eat caribou,
alligators that eat whatever they can, including you if you are available. Oh, they may do it in an "ecologically balanced manner" if left
sufficiently well alone, but if given half a chance the wolves will decimate a herd to extinction. The fact is that nature, without humans, is "red in
tooth and claw." So to design the perfect world within the context of the Earth, that has no preconceived notion that such a world is better, is
problematical. The Earth would kill us all in a heartbeat. It doesn't care, yet we get all teary-eyed if we perceive our own species is not
sufficiently respectful of the Earth. That has its practical side, too, of course, but it is essentially a lop-sided proposition. We have to nurture
the Earth without killing it even as we protect ourselves from the earth killing us--without remorse or tears of its own.
However, if the purpose of life is somewhat different than the above, then it's a whole new ball game. What if the earth is a school where we learn,
for example, the consequences of our actions? What if we have created the Earth with our own minds, but it really isn't there in any objective sense?
What if there is an Earth for every decision ever made and this is but one in an infinite series? Or what if, in reality, Earth is a computer
simulation and we are avatars created by a bored boy living in his Mom's basement, who simply wants to fight fake goblins and demons for some
afternoon entertainment, not realizing that the avatars he himself has created are self-aware and believe in the preposterous notion that they have
And if that is the case, then I might very well prefer to live in a world with a few battles to fight and seemingly insurmountable obstacles to
overcome, loves to be lost, and food to be found, because that makes me feel a lot more alive than lying around in a world of sunshine and ideal
temperature contemplating how peaceful it is.
Maybe that's simply missing the point,
and it would be boring as hell.
edit on 5/16/2014 by schuyler because: (no reason given)