reply to post by timoothy
how is it so hard to believe that evolution took place on this planet? with hundreds of billions of stars in our universe, each with their own
planets in orbit, it stands to reason that evolution has taken place all over this universe and that life is most likely a fairly common event, where
favourable conditions exist.
the fact that life exists on what we refer to as earth, does not make us special; it could have occured on any other planet in a temperate zone where
liquid water can exist, and this discussion could be taking place on any of those planets just as easily.
it's been theorised (the drake equation) that there are millions of planets harbouring life in the milky way galaxy alone.
people seem to have this sense of entitlement when it comes to life on earth; like somehow earth was chosen by us or some supreme being, when the
truth of the matter is, earth was here long before we ever were (in any living form), and due to suitable conditions, possible asteroid seeding, and
billions of years of planetary evolution, life flourished.
it's probably happened a million times before us, and will continue to happen long after we're gone. the many factors that need to align in order
for a planet to support life are merely coincidence; and with something like 50 to 200 BILLION galaxies in our universe, each containing somewhere
between 100 and 500 billion stars, some of which have planets, it's kind-of inevitable that life will take up root on the comfortable ones. there
have probably been many false starts, many different paths evolution has taken, and many, many mass extinctions in our universe. the fact that we're
sitting here chatting about it is nothing special.
life elsewhere in our universe is pretty much and undeniable fact, and there's nothing special about us or what we do. best advice i can give is to
get out there and marvel at the wonders of the world around you, because you're not here for long, and it is this author's belief that there is
nothing waiting for us on the other side, so don't squander your precious time on earth planning for some sort of afterlife. this is the only life
we have, so do your best to enjoy it.
*i don't mind if people have beliefs that differ from mine, but those beliefs should be regarded as what they are: a set of morals with which the
powers that be govern your actions and swindle your savings. please do not use your unfounded beliefs as arguments against science as they really
hold no weight, factually speaking.