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Friendly or Not

Albert Einstein once said, “The most important question you can ever ask is if the universe is a friendly place.”

Albert Einstein once said, “The most important question you can ever ask is if the universe is a friendly place.”

He went on to explain:

“For if we decide that the universe is an unfriendly place, then we will use our technology, our scientific discoveries and our natural resources to achieve safety and power by creating bigger walls to keep out the unfriendliness and bigger weapons to destroy all that which is unfriendly and I believe that we are getting to a place where technology is powerful enough that we may either completely isolate or destroy ourselves as well in this process.

If we decide that the universe is neither friendly nor unfriendly and that God is essentially ‘playing dice with the universe’, then we are simply victims to the random toss of the dice and our lives have no real purpose or meaning.

But if we decide that the universe is a friendly place, then we will use our technology, our scientific discoveries and our natural resources to create tools and models for understanding that universe. Because power and safety will come through understanding its workings and its motives.”

Our view of the world shapes our daily interactions.

If we have a belief that the world is unfriendly, then we will only continue find evidence to support this belief.  Our actions will align accordingly, distrust will grow, and we will find the unwholesome.

On the other hand, if we decide that the universe is friendly, then we will do things to help others, and we will start to see and experience the wholesome.   But do NOT take my word for it, experiment for yourself.

Spend a day exploring the friendliness of the universe, then spend a day exploring the unfriendliness of the universe all the while observing what occurs within and around you.

 

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