Yes, it most definitely will
No, it never will
If the last human dies without humanity having created a new intelligent self-aware species to create it, or, failing that, not having created an non-biological intelligence that desires to understand the universe and has the means to investigate where we've left off, or at least perform it's own investigations.
Human life is never pointless, but the point is often lost on its subject. It is a matter of perception and learning what is important and what is not so much.
I will offer a hint, in the safe and secure knowledge that it will not be understood by most of Our future vassals. "The small kindnesses that you perform at personal sacrifice for people who can do nothing for you, are more profound, and so have a greater point, than all of the political movements and philosophies ever devised, implemented or imposed."
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Quod scripsi, scripsi
And it depends what you mean by, "our point on this planet". Personally, i would counter your argument and say yes, we do have a purpose on this planet. To manipulate events and change things around us. We set our own points, or "goals", to our existence, and if we have none then our lives are technically pointless as you said. To say we have no point to exist is to most likely therefore say that a higher being has not given us a point or does not exist therefore our existence is pointless, which again is incorrect. If you look at the scientific side of nature, everything that happens, from mitosis, to the death of stars, or the birth of stars - happens for a reason. Nature doesnt do things accidentally or get things wrong. The fact we are here is a point for our existence in itself, what we make of it while we are here is a different story.
"If religious instruction were not allowed until the child had attained the age of reason, we would be living in quite a different world" - Christopher Hitchens
> Good to be back, but I'm only visiting for a few weeks. <
The only "purpose" of humans, like all life, is perpetuation. I quote purpose because its only as purposeful as water purposely flows or as gravity purposely pulls. Everything is tied together in the fact that at the root of it all we don't know why things are as they are as opposed to some other way.
If you believe in the Supernatural then you can become a millionaire!
Questioning or criticizing another's core beliefs is inadvertently perceived as offensive and rude.
How is the image of mankind in Wall-E any more pointless than our state of affairs now, or any other time for that matter? To say something may become pointless is to say that it has a point... So, tell me, what's the point?
The big majority of Americans, who are comparatively well off, have developed an ability to have enclaves of people living in the greatest misery without almost noticing them.
-- Gunnar Myrdal
The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.
-- Henry Kissinger
Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no
account be allowed to do the job.
-- Douglas Adams
I don't think the struggle for life and dominance will ever become pointless. Anytime we conquer something, something else comes along to challenge us, whether it be physical or metaphysical. Every-time we unlock one mystery 3 more appear inside the original.
The whole point of life in general is to survive, and because we are self aware and have the ability to reason we can even go one better. We can strive to discover what it is that makes us human, and not just another animal. And all this I have mentioned is just the beginning.
I would not call that pointless.
No Lives Matter
"Will human life become pointless?" This is one of two thoughts I have when I lie in bed at night and look up at the stars. The other thought is, "Hey, where'd my roof go!?"
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