The basic question is, isn't life frightening?
I don't mean in the sense of, "oh, what awful thing might happen to me tomorrow..."-- I mean simply the onward movement of life, the relentlessness of it-- isn't there something terrifically fearful about it all?
People used to talk a lot about the idea of devolution. That as human civilization advances, people invariably get worse, we get dumber, we get lazier & weaker & more confused.
The idea of devolution is that unless it's kept in check by death, life just gets worse. Because that's what evolution is-- it's billions of years of progressive death. Things killing other things, for no reason other than self-continuance. The bad things die, the good things live. But what does that mean?
I read once about the idea of the Omega Point.
The Omega Point is the point of ultimate complexity & comprehension at which the evolution of the universe eventually, effectively, ceases. A point at which nothing else can be done-- everything is finished. & this point is arrived at by the intellect.
Think about what a thought actually means. It's a physical happenstance in an individual's brain, a pattern of neurons. So what makes a successful thought? It's a pattern that can overpower other patterns-- or at least defeat them.
Because there are thoughts that begin in one person's brain, spread to others, take shape into ideologies, & eventually penetrate into great masses of people. Even the idea of "goodness" or "truth" or "beauty" could be simply an iteration of the will to survival & dominance, propagating up thru human history to take finer & finer forms, deceiving generation after generation of living beings.
It's difficult, for me at least, to see humans as being much different from any other kind of life-- monkeys, worms, trees, bacteria.
I think I'm starting to creep myself out.
Morality is the last feeble protection against the illimitable self-continuance of the intellect.
The intellect however is something happening WITHIN life-- when life is comfortable, that's when the intellect thrives. When circumstances are upset by chaos, the intellect loses position, loses superiority. That's what will invariably defeat mankind. Something unforeseen-- or ignored.
Anyone who's read all of these give a shout-out. Is life-- in the most basic, undeceived way-- frightening?