The Massive Indifference of the Universe
One of Thomas Carlyle’s characters describes a
“Universe…..Void of all life, of Purpose, of Volition,
Even of Hostility………”
Have you ever thought whether the Universe cares
about us, or is massively indifferent to our plight
Of course you might respond by saying that
most of the time most of us humans
seem to be totally indifferent of the Universe
We might vaguely realise that here we exist on one
tiny planet, a satellite of our star the Sun, set within
our Galaxy the Milky Way whirling round within the
infinite void of space. But so what?
It seems to me that the issue of Indifference
is a human response. It signifies a lack of concern
Yet humans have indeed shown much interest in
the Universe – particularly through scientific
exploration or philosophical and
even theological musings
but have we noticed any reciprocal speculation
from the void?
So humans may not be totally indifferent but is
I suppose this matter of Indifference or concern
might be related to whether there is any Purpose
in the Universe. Why was it created [if indeed it
was actually created] and what is it for?
It seems to me that it is Humankind [in however limited
a way] which has taken the intiative to make sense
of what the cosmos is all about, and as a result
of such hypothesising has begun to wonder
what’s the point? Are we the only ones that care?
But humans don’t give up hope.