written by Laramie:
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What if there were no life forms in the Universe? Not just here on Earth, but anywhere! And I mean the kind of life that we know exists. No human beings or other animals of any kind; no microscopic organisms, no plants, nothing that grows, dies, or reproduces. No things that show any of the characteristics of behavior we associate with being alive, movement, taking of food, breathing. The sort of existence we assume much of the other planets, solar systems and galaxies put up with.
Visualize a stark, rough landscape containing nothing that would in any way sustain any sort of life. Only mountains, deserts, rocks, and the sky above. No thoughts, feelings, emotions, no interference at all with the forces of the lifeless geography and geology of the bodies roaming through space. No sounds heard, no soft breezes felt, no resting beneath a warming Sun. Just bleak, lifeless terrain, as far as the ground extends. And no one to worship any God who had never been thought of. No one to say that the beautiful sunset proves the existence of One. Just a continual flow of whatever celestial bodies do, only no one to know that it's being done.
It would be hard to imagine any purpose in such a Universe without minds to wonder if there is a purpose, and to realize that maybe it could have turned out that way. This is an awesome realization, that there could have been a Universe without the life we enjoy. And how often we fail to cherish it, as it's probably the only one we'll ever get. And it has an expiration date stamped on it, so we might be better off if we took advantage of the time allotted, and do something worthwhile with it. Of course each person would have a different idea of what is worthwhile. One man's dream is another man's nightmare. But shouldn't we give some thought to what we want to do with the rest of our lives. And who, if anyone, we want to do it with. This is our last and only chance to make our mark. The saying "seize the day" doesn't have to be a flippant expression. Make it come true. Get busy and find out what it is that you want to have done, or achieved, or sadly, have missed out on. As long as we're here we might as well get a feel for the place. Let's go for it!
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