InnerNet Weekly: Is the Universe Friendly?

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Is the Universe Friendly?
by Albert Einstein

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797.jpg "I think the most important question facing humanity is, ‘Is the universe a friendly place?’ This is the first and most basic question all people must answer for themselves.

"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."

"God does not play dice with the universe,"

–Albert Einstein

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Is the Universe Friendly?
Einstein seems to imply that different beliefs will drive different actions and lead to entirely different experiences – knowing this, which beliefs of yours would you try changing and to what? Einstein focuses on the loss of control when randomness is accepted as the primary explanation of life – what comes up for you when you think of randomness? What does the statement “God does not play dice with the universe” mean to you?
Conrad P. Pritscher wrote: The following Einstein quote says much: "A human being is a part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and fe…
Navin sata wrote: GOD= GENARATES INFINITE ENERGY,O=OPERATES WITH THIS ENERGY , D= DESTROYS, in hinduism we call it brahma,vishnu,mahesh,one god three function for our limited understanding,our lord is always SAT{…
Xiaoshan wrote: Is universe friendly? I truly do not know the answer. I will try not even come up with an answer. …
David Doane wrote: For me, the universe is friendly. That doesn’t mean it is all nice, all peaches and cream. The universe is like the weather, like any person, like the unconscious, like me — warm, col…
Ganoba wrote: The essential and fundamental error is to consider the universe to be separate from us, "the other". We try to correct this error by asking whether it is friendly or otherwise. This qu…
rahul wrote: A true friend is one who acts for your benefit. So before you can answer whether the universe is friendly, you must deeply consider both the nature of what benefits you most and the question of …
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