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Originally posted by Q33323
My greatest fear will be realized if nothing is "out there."
Originally posted by NewAgeMan
Our greatest fear and source of humility, if not humiliation.. would be to discover that it's the last who are first and the first, last, meaning that being the most recently evolved sentients within the context of a non-localized holographic universe (and evolutionary framework), we are, physically and potentially, the very crowning glory of all creation standing next to the very Godhead on a mountaintop of cosmic evolution. It's a fear however, that leads us to the humor of true understanding, imho.
The Reapers, known by the geth as the Old Machines, are a highly advanced machine race of synthetic-organic starships. The Reapers reside in dark space, the vast, mostly starless space between galaxies. They hibernate there, dormant for fifty thousand years at a time, before they are given the signal to return. The first Reaper known to have communicated with organic life, referred to by Saren Arterius as Sovereign, claimed that the Reapers have neither beginning nor end. Even their true name is a mystery; "Reapers" was a name bestowed by the Protheans, and Sovereign stated that whatever the Protheans chose to call them was of little concern to its kind.
Sovereign also reveals that the Reapers were the original creators of the Citadel and the mass relay network. These massive constructs exist so that any intelligent life in the galaxy would eventually discover them and base their technology upon them – all part of a scheme to harvest the galaxy’s sentient life in a repeating cycle of purges that has continued relentlessly over countless millennia.
Originally posted by AfterInfinity
reply to post by Q33323
Exactly. I think the most horrible thing that can happen is to realize there is nothing out there. Nothing is more sobering than realizing we have a whole universe to ourselves.
The only other thing that I can think of is finding something that can stomp us out as easily as an ant beneath our heel, and letting it know that we exist. What happens if our curiosity kicks open a hornet's nest the size of the sun? What happens when we become the ants?edit on 14-2-2013 by AfterInfinity because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by CirqueDeTruth
My greatest fear, is that if humanity doesn't take that collective leap forward, to get us out of this mess and grow up -
We are left alone to continue as we are - indefinitely - separated, alone, and pitted against one another.