The ultimate centrism

If you’ve ever watched the movie Contact, based on the book by Carl Sagan which is itself a great read, you might remember the last phrase, something that Ellie had said before in the movie.

“I’ll tell you one thing about the universe, though. The universe is a pretty big place. It’s bigger than anything anyone has ever dreamed of before. So if it’s just us… seems like an awful waste of space. Right?”

So now, what if we think of this not just in terms of infinte space, but time and intelligence.

Because even if the universe began, and even if it will end, there was something before and there will be something after. Forever, and ever.

If we can imagine it, we reach for it. In a million years, in a hundred million years… what will we be?

What if there was someone like us in a universe before? What did they become? Is it so very bizzare to imagine that perhaps they figured out not only how to survive the death of their universe but how to create new ones? What did they learn and know that we don’t know? Could we even comprehend it?

If a thing exists, it is knowable and at some point will become known. But to know some things, we need to improve technology. Very soon after the technology to observe a thing is found, the technology to manipulate it also found.

If a person believes there is no God, isn’t that being centrist? Isn’t that saying that even though they believe someday we will attain all knowledge possible in the universe, no one else could have done the same thing first?

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