posted on Apr, 30 2010 @ 02:46 PM
Originally posted by pieman
pictures like that remind me how ridiculous moral/religious beliefs are.
I'm sorry you feel that way. If I felt that way I would probably kill myself. To be nothing more than a random event we call "life" in a universe
far greater, far older, far more beautiful, and completely unenhanced by anything down here... life is nothing more than a minor "entropy enhancer"
in that context. I cannot conceive of a rational reason to remain living, consuming resources of any kind, if there's no point to life other than
continuing more life while doing whatever "feels good," regardless of whether it's moral or not. If there is no absolute morality, then all human
behavior is as equally disgusting as it is beautiful. To judge any of it as just one or the other becomes nothing more than a subjective assessment
without meaning or weight - there is no imperative to respect the property, rights, or life of others if there is no absolute morality. If there is
no absolute morality, there are no natural rights, and the entire premise of the Declaration of Independence is null and void. I see pictures like
this as evidence of just the opposite, evidence of such amazing beauty, delicate balance, and awesome power that it's hard to believe life as we know
it could even survive. Take dark matter for instance; whether it exists as actual "matter" or it's just that newtonian mechanics works differently
at galactic scales, if the effects of it didn't exist, if our original assumptions prior to invoking dark matter were true, every galaxy should fly
apart under its own rotational momentum. I think in the end it all boils down to two possibilities equally unprovable by man's abilities; multiple
universes exist with very different conditions ala Sliders and by accident we're just one of the very, very few in which everything is cohesive, or
two, our universe was fine tuned by a higher being. Neither is a ridiculous belief, and ultimately it will be up to each person to decide what they
really believe in their heart is true.