By: Matthew S.
When looking at the universe, what do we see? Stars, planets, moons, and other astronomical bodies of the like, but they were all here before us and will be here well after the last human dies. These bodies will be here indefinitely until the end of time itself and possibly longer. Relatively speaking, this makes us as humans almost insignificant in scale to the universe. Welcome to nihilism. The idea that since we as a species are so tiny and insignificant in the grand scheme of things, what’s the point of doing anything? Whatever we do won’t change anything major in the universe, so why try?
This philosophy however seems to have a pessimistic view on the universe though, so let’s spin it up with a little optimism. If nothing we do matters, then nothing we do matters. This means all those embarrassing moments we had as kids…the universe will never remember. All the times we’ve disappointed someone else or mislead them…the universe can’t be bothered to keep up with such petty little things. Sure, all the good we’ve done in our time will be gone, but it brings all the bad down with it. Now this is no excuse to be irresponsible, but it does offer a little light at the end of the tunnel.
With the spin of optimism on this dreary topic, we can shed new light on what can sometimes be a lonely road of existential dread and the thought of insignificance. Just look at the bright side.