Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Perspective is a beautiful thing. No matter how lousy you're feeling, perspective is the window with a pretty view you can climb through. Zoom out. There are more than six billion people alive today. Think about that, six BILLION! I mean, that's crazy. All those individual conciousness's. All that thinking, all those decisions, implications, reactions, relationships. It's mind boggling. And in 200 years, they'll all be gone. Every single one of us will cease to be. If we're lucky, we'll live on genetically or anecdotally, and a few privileged souls will go on to influence future generations through philosophy, scientific discoveries or artistic achievement. (But they'll still be dead, so don't get too jealous.)
The generations shall pour forth across the ripples in the sands of time. Our ancestors will interbreed, and we'll all become one, in a beautiful mixing of genes and ideals. We'll evolve to better suit the world we inherit. A world we'll eventually have to die with or abandon, when the Sun begins to die, and becomes a bloated giant, devouring the Solar System. If we do escape to another star system, it too will eventually fade away or explode. The galaxies will slowly die away, and the Universe will be dark and cold, ruled by huge black holes, consuming all that is left. Until, over billions of years, their energy eventually disipates, too. Leaving nothing, a frozen void just below absolute zero, no movement, nothing. The heat death of the Universe.
So it probably doesn't matter if I leave the washing up until tomorrow.
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