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Maybe Leaving Earth Doesn't Make Sense

Maybe Leaving Earth Doesn't Make Sense

Thanks, Neil deGrasse Tyson, for changing my meaning of life

Author: Reilly Capps/Monday, May 18, 2015/Categories: space science

There is a difference between meaning and goals. This blog thinks that, even if the meaning of human life isn't crystal clear, the goal of human life is. It thinks the goal is to keep the human race going. Apparently, other people think this, too. Lots of things threaten us. Environmental issues seem the most pressing. So some have proposed one idea about healing the Earth: don't. Telescopes have spotted thousands of planets. Let's pick a nice one and go. 

This always struck this blog as a decent idea. It would not only be a possible way to save our butts, but it might provide some meaning to life. 

Neil deGrasse Tyson here disabuses this blog of this notion: 

So, yeah, good point. 

This blog repeats: overall, our goal is us. We are an end in ourselves. Or, maybe, we are a means to an and ... one we haven't found. For all humans know, we might be the most advanced beings in the cosmos; maybe there's something somewhere out there that needs us, some special job only we can do. Maybe we're like a dude casually walking on a sunny day, passing a well, unaware there's a baby trapped down in the muck. Isn't that situation kind of wonderful for that man? Suddenly, he has a purpose. Suddenly, he has someone to save. Maybe our civilization is like that. But we will have to get away from the sun soon; in the blink of an eye (in cosmic terms) it's going to eat the Earth. 

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