Good, Evil and Singularity
Apr 23, 2014
Good, Evil and Singularity
– Dave Martsolf January 1982
In a televised episode of the Cosmos series by Carl Sagan in 1981 Sagan speaks of the theory of an oscillating universe in absolute terms, mentioning that at singularity all the elements of the previous universe are destroyed – possibly all the physical laws of our present universe as well. He concludes by telling the audience that the event is billions of years away, and that we can take solace in the fact that there is still plenty of time to do some good in this world. My wife finds in this some comfort, but to me it seems absolutely an uncompleted dualism meant simply as cheap comfort to a necessarily uncaring universe.
In the world of universes people who care look to a higher or absolute intelligence or being that is of “good” character – that doesn’t use people for “his” own selfish motives, which would be the attribute of the devil.
It would be one thing to say that the acts of goodness affect the path by which singularity is reached, however while this is of course true (and it may even be true that the road to singularity affects the next expansion) it would be more honest to conclude that a good act is no more an expression of freedom of will than is an act of destruction.
Throughout history philosophers have argued the concepts of predestination vs. free will. The horrors of predestination are too much for many people, while free will is supported by men standing on hills with strong hands – individuals, single units, staring determinedly about them saying with palms upraised, “ I am free.”
The curse of knowledge becomes immediately two-fold. Encountering another who knows, one has nothing to say. Encountering one who lacks knowledge one is confronted with a blind element that must be considered carefully. The being may show by his action that he does not want it or that he does.
The knowledge basically shows that whether the person knows it or not, the person is serving infinity. The kaleidoscope of our view unfolds by itself. Causality is a true foundation of the universe, however to describe the ramifications to “free” thinkers is another story.
If it really doesn’t matter, and I know what I know, then why do I love and protect my children? I hope to show them the reality of the impersonal universe. Why do I find that important? Because to view the world in any other manner is to see chimeras, to believe you understand yet to be walking blind in a pen of arbitrary construction of which one is not aware. That’s it. To be aware. To be more and more aware. This condition is like no other in the universe, and I recommend it – having it.
So, if Sagan has an understanding about it, and I believe he does, why is he throwing bones around like “good”? It is because goodness is a product of life’s essential axiom, to regenerate rather than to destroy. We would rather laugh than cry. But, beyond that In the space between those two emotions lies pure awareness. Find it and know. It will change you forever.