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What’s the point of life if the universe will one day end?

In David Lowery’s recent film, A Ghost Story, one of the characters goes on an extended soliloquy about the nature of humanity and how one could easily interpret the whole of human existence as a pointless of exercise. One day, everything as we know it will be gone — even, most likely, the universe. So what’s the point of it all? A24 released a short excerpt of the speech on YouTube above. (You can also watch my Periscope review of the film).

This week, the YouTube channel Kurzgesagt released a new video that tackles this very issue.

From the video:

If the universe ends in heat death, every humiliation you suffer in life will be forgotten. Every mistake will not matter in the end. Every bad thing will be voided. If our life is all we get to experience, then it’s the only thing that matters. If the universe has no principles, the only principles relevant are the ones we decide on. If the universe has no purpose, then we get to dictate what its purpose is.

Humans will most certainly cease to exist at some point. But before we do, we get to explore ourselves and the world around us. We get to experience feelings. We get to experience food, books, sunrises, and being with each other. The fact that we’re able to think about these things is already kind of incredible.

Obviously, there’s no one answer for this eternal question, but I appreciate them taking a shot at it.

In short: in the grand scheme of the universe, our time on earth is but a blink of an eye. We might as well enjoy it and try to help others enjoy it while we can.

For more ruminations on making the most of life, see Wait But Why’s post on Life in Weeks.

  • radicalrepublican

    If there is no God then life is meaningless and all is permissible.

    • Peter

      If there is, the life is meaningless, spending it a god’s meat puppet, let’s face it, all had been permissable in the name of religiosity

  • Joe Reece

    There is no god. Never was, never will be. The idea of a god is just a construct of man’s imagination. That does in no way means life has no meaning. It has great meaning. Much more meaning than wasting your life believing in a deity that is non existent.

    • caustin1973

      Agreed. God is as an invention of men to control men. The Bible is a perversion of words thrown together to keep man in line and, if he’s a good boy, when he dies he’ll go to some imaginary place and live forever after. We are, like single cells, bacteria, viruses, the dinosaurs, a biological evolution, a mathematical probability that, given enough time, could eventually be explained. It may not be explained in our lifetime, but it can be. I don’t believe I higher power would create us, give us the beauty we see in each other, in animals, in nature, and then for kicks, just to stir the pot, as it were, cause all this chaos, just to see if we’d fall on our knees and pray. No god sounds about right to me.