posted on Apr, 14 2012 @ 02:50 PM
reply to post by Maslo
I find myself agreeing more and more with this perspective.
Nature is beautiful, but life pays a heavy price for it.
Dog eats dog is fun in a game, but it's not fun in RL.
Basically, this universe could be a intelligence creator that forces its experiments through the gauntlet. We start out simple. We're pushed forward
by desires and new things. If we falter, we hurt or we die. Generations upon generations of this process of trial and error and pain and glory results
in a pyramid of life kind of like what's on earth. If I was the creator of this universe, my goal might be to produce intelligent things. To farm it.
But I'd have to be indifferent to the suffering in the universe. Maybe if I was a machine.
Without pain, I don't think this reality would have much persistence. So are we just slaves then? Without pain, our choices and their consequences
don't have a bite. Without a bite, it loses reference. And without that this universe cannot query for intelligent creatures versus unintelligent
creatures. This is because intelligence is predicated on making the right choices and surviving the gauntlet. If the wrong choices cannot hurt you
then there's no reason to make the right ones. Thus, it produces random-like results.
Before anybody calls me a whiner, think about the holocaust. Think about the many many innocent people that died terrible deaths irregardless of their
moralistic character. Think about children that're abused. Think about the thousands of accidents in the US every month where hard working people are
killed. Think about a close friend that you care about dying of cancer and leaving his wife to be a lifelong widow.
All of that and more is part of the gauntlet. This nature program that farms intelligence.
edit on 14-4-2012 by jonnywhite because: (no reason