Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesPhilosophy · 4 months ago

Would the universe be meaningless, according to Earth, without humans?

Humans are the worst thing on this planet. We are destructive and abusive. We're in total disharmony with the planet. The animals would fair far better without us, than we without them. I mean, we may not be negatively impacted by any certain species going extinct, but we wouldn't be as positively impacted as they would without us.

So it's often considered that the world would be better off without humans... but would the world then becoming meaningless altogether? Unappreciated? The Earth, just a place where animals happen to live, but who do nothing but survive?

None to discover the secrets of the universe, none to harness any of its powers, none to travel beyond, none to reach for the stars or go places outside of their zone?

Is there meaning without thinking and pondering minds?

9 Answers

  • 4 months ago
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    Meaning exists within the mind. If humans ceased to exist, all the various meanings that exist within their minds would also cease to exist. Meaning exists within the minds of non-human animals, but their understandings are more basic.

    I think animals appreciate getting whatever it is their nature to desire, and although I wouldn't say that animals "do nothing but survive", much of the beauty and wonder of the universe that humans can experience, other animals cannot. The reason for this is mainly due to the knowledge that humans have accumulated and share. If a human baby were raised by wild chimpanzees, I think the meaning of the universe, in that child's mind, would resemble the meaning that exists within a wild chimpanzee mind far more than it would resemble the meaning that exists within the mind of an average contemplative human.

  • 4 months ago

    Why yes, it would be.

  • 4 months ago

    meaning is only in the truth. the problem for most men is they choose to remain outside of the truth. Hope this helps!

  • 4 months ago

    Elephants go back to where their ancestors have died to pay their respects. We don’t matter as much as we are arrogant to think

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  • j153e
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    Imho your question indicates a finer sensibility re realizing potential, and an acute awareness of the comparative messiness of life as it is.

    Suggesting these resources:

    The Path of the Higher Self;

    Man, Master of His Destiny;

    Autobiography of a Yogi;

    Beams from Meher Baba;

    The Self-Aware Universe;

    The Mindful Universe;

    Galaxy Gate;

    Answers by Mother Meera

  • 4 months ago

    “As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.”

    ― Carl Gustav Jung

  • 4 months ago

    Human beings, “Homo sapiens”, are a step in a process. We are becoming more self conscious of our existence as a consequence of our capacity for abstract thought. Things aren’t as bad as they seem.

    Our ancestors, primates or potentially those of “homo erectus” lineage, were more than likely much more barbaric and primitive in their ways than we are today. While it may seem that we are this cruel and awful species, it is only the ability to be conscious of our own behavior that makes it seem so.

    That said, even if you reached the other end of the galaxy you would be bored to death and just seek more power and ways to exploit the physical universe to make it bend to your will.

    If you want to be happy and find meaning in life, stop wanting more and more and be happy with what you have. Find the beauty in the simple. The universe is like music. It has no destination to arrive at. You just simply enjoy the music.

  • 4 months ago

    According to who? Earth? Oh......... you mean David Earth, the writer. Yes, he's always banging on about meaningless universes and all that, isn't he? What a guy! Goold old Dave, eh?

  • Anonymous
    4 months ago


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