What Makes You So Special?
It is almost irresistible for humans to believe we have some special relation to the universe and that humankind is not just the result of a chain of coincidences.
At the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York City in 1995, Carl Sagan gave a speech about humankind’s place in the universe in relation to science and religion.
One of science’s alleged crimes is revealing that our favorite most reassuring stories about our place in the universe and how we came to be are delusional. Instead what science reveals is a universe much older and much vaster than the tidy anthropocentric proscenium of our ancestors.
We have found from modern astronomy that we live on a tiny hunk of rock and metal, third from the sun, that circles a humdrum star in the obscure outskirts of an ordinary galaxy which contains some 400 billion other stars, which is one of about a 100 billion other galaxies that make up the universe and according to some current views, a universe that is one among an immense number, perhaps an infinite number of other universes.
In this perspective the idea that our planet is at the center of the universe much less that human purpose is central to the existence of the universe is pathetic.
If you read this quote a face value, you’d realize that each individual human existence on the planet earth is not even a blip on the radar. Each human is a single entity on one of almost a trillion planets, located at a single point in time on an immense timeline.
Why you? Why now? Consider the amount of known galaxies and the age of planet earth (even if believed to be 10,000 years old). Ask yourself again, what is the likelihood that God exists on this planet, or that the rapture is imminent, or that. The odds for any one person in existence to experience these scenarios are staggering.
An Open Question to Believers
Please explain to me and anyone else reading this: in the grand scheme of things, why do you believe that you time and place has been chosen for some cataclysmic event to happen? Please explain logically, without using Bible verses.
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