I’ve watched some outer space videos. They can be kinda’ weird. A lot of incomprehensible nerdtalk happens. It’s kinda’ fun when I come across a video narrated by Spock or Captain Picard or one of my faves, Murphy Brown.
Even though they talk about some out-there topics, I’ve actually gained a new perspective about my puny little existence from learning a little about outer space science. It’s helps me cope with news about disease or pollution, or the shifting public opinion about thick or thin eyebrows. Because none of that really matters too much when looking at Earth from it’s position in outer space.
There’s a theory some astrophysicists believe, that there are multiple universes. A multiverse. And if you subscribe to the big bang theory, the universe (ours) started from a bang from nothing. Something came from nothing.
And eventually the universe will go back to nothing and then maybe bang again to a universe again. Cyclical-like. Many universes could be doing this.
And in each universe, or hey just in this universe alone, there are many many galaxies with many many stars and planets that could potentially sustain life as we define it on Earth. As in, it needs water, some kind of air/atmosphere, not too hot, not too cold (within the general ranges of Earth). So there are more than likely other life forms in outer space because we’re finding many planets in these so-called “Goldilocks zones”.
Even if humans are wrecking the planet, and our waistlines are growing, or NYC is going under water, it’s really not as awful as I once thought it would be because it won’t last anyway. The dinosaurs went extinct and they didn’t build massive cities and burn fossil fuels. Something else happened to them. And something will happen to us. The Moon will drift away from the Earth. The Sun will eventually consume all the hydrogen fuel in its core. And the Milky Way will eventually collide with the Andromeda galaxy. And this universe may eventually bang in to nothing again. No matter how green we lived or how well-shaped my eyebrows look.
If I had to bet, I think odds are humans will more than likely, eventually, be extinct. Even if we found another habitable planet in another solar system, we couldn’t escape the colliding of the galaxies. And life more than likely in some form or another exists and will always exist somewhere.
So. Ebola? No big deal. Pandas going extinct? Eh… there’s probably another cute cuddly life form out yonder. Do humans have to carry on? I don’t think we can and I don’t think that’s important either. I’m just going to enjoy my ride. And try not to impede others enjoyment of theirs.