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March 27, 2020

Existence and Purpose

Filed under: Philosophy — Steve Ruis @ 10:00 am
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On Amazon Prime (TV) last night I found a video series called “The Nature of Existence Companion Series,” volume one of which was on the topic of Existence and Purpose. The series claims to address the fundamental problems of philosophy, so I clicked on it and . . . wow! I was expecting the usual talking heads and they had quite a number of those, you know, academic philosophers, cosmologist and subatomic physicist, and what not, but they managed to include everybody . . . and I do mean everybody! They interviewed taxi drivers, pizza chefs, Buddhists in Japan and China, and a pair of seventh graders! The seventh grade girl was a breath of fresh air, very smart, and a shot across the bow of “professional” philosophers. Philosophy was always something entertained by the general population, not just a small category of eggheads, and anyone challenging the credentials of anyone wanting to participate in the dialogue better watch their backside.

So, they interviewed hippies, Druids, personal fitness coaches, gays and straights, people claiming to channel aliens, people in every mainstream of religious faith, including Jains and Hindus, and a large number of the lesser faiths. They interviewed scientists of many stripes, waitresses, I guess you get the idea.

Some of the questions addressed were: why are we here? What is the source of happiness? What is the purpose of life . . . of us? Why does the universe exist? What is love?, How do we stop conflict? and more.

People, listen up!
The universe was not created in the Big Bang!

There was more than a little wisdom involved and it didn’t just come from the usual sources. One priest claimed that we are “here” to learn about and to love god, and went on to admit he hadn’t the faintest idea why a god would want to do that.

The Buddhists pointed out that the Buddha thought the question “why are we here” to be silly and that it should not be asked. An Urdu poet pointed out that the question “why does the universe exist” is very premature in that we do not know all that much about what the universe is to explore such a question.

Of course, there were the expected “because God” answers to all of these questions and those responses were dutifully recorded and then moved on from.

From watching the first hour of the first video I came to an answer to the question: why do we exist? It seems we exist to generate as much bullshit as possible. When you hear dozens and dozens of answers to these questions, that conclusion is unavoidable.

Of course, one of the religious-leaning types compared the Big Bang, in which he claimed the universe was created out of nothing with a god creating the universe out of nothing. People, listen up! The universe was not created in the Big Bang! We do not know when or even if the universe was created. For all we know it has existed forever. The Big Bang was a transition point from a very small (Very!), very hot (Very!), and very dense (Very!) universe to the much larger, colder, and less dense universe we see today. We would all be better off if the event were known as the Big Expansion as that is what it was.

This video is recommended to all philosophy geeks. (My people, my people, I weep for my people.)

 

7 Comments »

  1. Big expansion. That’s perfect! I like that better than anything Ive ever heard.

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    Comment by maryplumbago — March 27, 2020 @ 10:30 am | Reply

    • Thang you, thang you very much. Ladies and Gentlemen, Elvis has left the stadium! :o)

      On Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 10:30 AM Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — March 27, 2020 @ 10:38 am | Reply

  2. I would hazard to say the purpose is to find a purpose, or a string of purposes.

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    Comment by john zande — March 27, 2020 @ 11:28 am | Reply

    • Is that last part related to the “string” theory? 😜

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      Comment by Nan — March 27, 2020 @ 4:51 pm | Reply

    • Hate string theory. Only about 12 people in the world actually understand it and I think 11 of them are lying about it and the 12th is drunk. That’s an exaggeration of course, but not much of one.

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      Comment by grouchyfarmer — March 27, 2020 @ 10:45 pm | Reply

      • No, that sounds right. It’s our baryonic nature to want to find the bottom, to say “that’s it!”, but I suspect there is no bottom, just everything feeding back in some klein bottle.

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        Comment by john zande — March 28, 2020 @ 5:09 am | Reply


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