Humans are such fragile creatures. We live on a small planet, circling our sun on the edge of the milky way galaxy. Our universe emerged 13.7 billion years ago. Our earth and solar system was formed 4.5 billion years ago from the remains of a large star that went supernova.
Life on earth emerged 3.6 billion years ago. But it was 3 billion years later that simple animals evolved on earth. Relatively recently anatomically modern humans evolved only 200,000 years ago. With only 13,000 years since our close cousins Homo floresiensis disappeared from the fossil record. Our own life span is lucky to last 80 years.
Over the next 7.5 billion years our sun will slowly burn up all the hydrogen at its core and turn into a red giant. At which point the earth will be consumed as the sun grows in size to burn up the earth. As the nuclear fusion at the heart of stars continues to burn, eventually all the energy in the universe will be exploited, all the stars in the sky and beyond will die and darkness will reign. When all the energy in the universe is burned up and there is no more movement in the universe, there will be no relative time to measure how long this state continues. This is called the heat death of the universe.
So given this, what is our short and relatively insignificant life worth?
Well I propose that our lives come down to well-being. Do we experience optimal inner contentment for the duration of our days and nights? Is the well-being of ourselves, our friends, our family, our community and our fellow life on earth considered in our daily actions? How can we maximise well-being created verses harms caused? What do we need to do in order to live a good life?
A naturalistic worldview offers a basis from which to answer these questions. “Natural Wonder” is dedicated to promoting the naturalistic worldview, the implications and the benefits. Naturalism is a basic worldview that can be applied to all spheres of life.