Life...Why? Who Cares, Just Live It!

Rust - like life - a process hard to stop.

This emotive picture by 666Acero on Flickr shows rust spelling the end of a magnificent ship.
This emotive picture by 666Acero on Flickr shows rust spelling the end of a magnificent ship.

Were we "made" by Little Green Men?

 Most of us accept that the engine driving life is evolution using natural selection to keep us all damp-nosed and sparkly-eyed. Those creationists reading this might as well close the page now, because there is little coming up for them.

So we agree that, at some significant moment in time, several elements received the vital spark which set them into bringing about the first, one-celled creatures. If my description of this momentous event lacks scientific clarity or exactitude, sorry, I'm just a pen-pusher recording possibilities, not a genius physicist.

So there was no intent for this happening called "Life," the state which we prize above all other; indeed, without this state there is no other.

Of course, it may be there was a reason for the arrival of this precious commodity. Hard to imagine that some other being was standing around, perhaps from a spaceship, trying to perform this chemical miracle amidst the swirling storms and volcanoes, etc., that was the backdrop to life's first moments about 5 billion years ago on Planet Earth, give or take a billion. And any one with this prowess could surely have found more ideal surroundings elsewhere in the universe, which had been around more than twice this period of years.

Or perhaps not. Despite all the predictions from luminaries like Carl Sagan, we still have not a shred of evidence indicating that thinking life - or any other above bacterial traces - can be found anywhere amongst the trillions of stars and planets "up there."

Lacking further confirmation, except that we call "logic," it may be just as likely our sort of life does not exist anywhere else.

What I am trying to get at here is the huge question that has bothered science and philosophy for many thousands of years.

WHY?

Why does evolution and natural selection work so tirelessly and hard to ensure life continues? Not necessarily human life, but the stacking of one atom on top of another that is the forge for new life-forms to continuously appear as the old become extinct and disappear.

Do we have to throw the WHY out with the WHO and the WHICH, leaving us with just the what and the when?

We can see evidence of other substances evolving as atoms collide, merge and make new substances. Rust, for example. Once, people though rust was a just part of a metal rotting as it were. Now we know rust increases the volume and weight of its victim. In the organic world, there are scores of examples like this as fungi, bacteria and viruses invade and change the structure of their hosts.

We don't ask "why do metals rust?" We know how they mainly do, the metal - commonly iron - reacts as iron and oxygen meet water or damp air and produce red iron oxides. And we are surprised to find our massive iron structures - if not treated - are actually permeable to air and water; once rust begins it is almost impossible to stop as the process is working from the inside. You may notice that on the family car, just painting the surface doesn't work as Mr Rust is waaay beyond that.

But we digress. Easy as it is, in the main, once evolution is explained to people, it's easy to grasp and certainly bolstered by evidence all around us. But the bald fact that life might have begun and continued all these billions of years purely because of a complete accident of nature - two atoms, or smaller particles, being in proximity to one another just as a lighting bolt struck them and fused them into becoming ALIVE: and from there, all else that is and has ever been, that flew, walked, swam or crawled, has happened because of an accident? Or, better said, an incident?

You can hardly blame poor Homo sapiens - the Thinking Bloke - for continually searching the tomes, the learned men’s commentary, and the skies to provide an answer for the "why" that he can grasp and understand. Which, no doubt, is why man "invented" the gods in order to postulate a scenario in which they were not completely alone in an uncaring universe: and in which religious production they had a chance to be better than the next chap and have another, better, life next time around in some glorious "heaven." (with or without enough virgins to keep them company...that‘s enough, Osama, don‘t make a pig of yourself!).

Would a more acceptable reason for all we are; all we have recorded and all we see around us, make a whit of difference to our lives?

The religious would say that it does; that their belief has made them a better person because they wanted a better chance in the hereafter and their god had asked for strict codes of behaviour. Atheists would point out that so much mayhem and disaster has occurred because of religious intolerance that any belief is of doubtful benefit to mankind's good.

In fact, if this "why" question is finally answered and we find it was all due to little green men seeding the universe all around, this information might make us all very nervous. Because another "why" would need answering right away. "Why did they do it?" So they could come back one day (maybe tomorrow) and munch on our frail bodies?

But, heck, wouldn't that make all the news about Osama fade real quick!

When you think about it, the Martian’s scenario (where the original "little green men" came from) is the only one that makes sense. It has to be a selfish reason, right? I mean, if a god did it, what was his motive, to begin a chain that would one day lead to us, so he could spend all day making us miserable?

Logic says it has to be an accident. A happy one for us: as individuals, just to know 70 years or so of this incredibly beautiful and varied world is worth the price we also pay in misery and pain.

"Don't you agree guys?" My budgies, Woody and her new partner, Sparky, singing away despite their (large) cage, seem to think it's all just fine as long as there's plenty of love around.

 

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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Obviously we are here to care for the higher forms of life, our pets!


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

True dat, dawg!! Thanks for visit dear...Bob


Genna East 5 years ago

Excellent hub, Dio! Actually, whether accident or God's plan, I think the answers to "why" abound; we just can't see them, or we simply don't want to. I wonder "why"? Up and awesome.


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Hi Genna: I think it's all random...Bob


writeronline 5 years ago

Hi diogenes, this is good stuff. Sort of 'throwaway headline' meets 'thought-provoking content'.

Being firmly in the atheist camp, I have no idea of 'why' or 'who', and certainly not 'what happens after'.

But I do have a belief that 'We Are Not Alone'.

To me, it’s like when you’re catching that pre-dawn business flight. You’re on schedule, yet on the way to the airport the cabbie runs all the red lights. When you ask why he considers this an acceptable way to drive, you get, “Hey, it’s 2am pal, who’s gonna be coming the other way?”

Whereas my feeling is that the fact that you’re out there on the road, means there’s a fairly significant chance that someone else is out there as well.

So too, with other life in the universe. We’re here, the universe is way too big for us to seriously believe that we alone have evolved into an intelligent life-form, so they’re out there too.

So, to complete the cab analogy, the question isn’t whether or not there are other forms of life sharing the Universal Highway. The only question is “when will we run into each other...”

I hope I'm still around when it happens..

Cheers.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

I learned today that the Great Indian Emperor Ashoka from before Christ used alloys in his metal pillars that hve not rusted to this day. Scientists are still unable to replicate the chemical composition to achieve this. Doesn't this suggest that we may actually be going backwards so it is not the evolution but devolution of Man that we are apart of. Thank you.

BYT I learned this fact about the metal that won't rust from soumyasrajan.


diogense 5 years ago

writeronline. Yeah, I've sort of always believed there must be other life out there somewhere, though whether the two taxis will ever collide given the vastness of the universe, which still never ceases to amaze me. Knowing mankind's often bad luck, probable only want to eat us anyway. Man and chip shops! Thanks for comment...Bob


dogenese 5 years ago

Interesting observation SW. I am sure we are going backwards in many ways as well as forwards in the sciences and technology (etc). In fact, entropy proves that we are, in fact, going back in that we must be nearer our future demise every day. I wonder what alloy the emperor found, it must have been an element no or a naturally occuring alloy due to volcanic action or??? Bob


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Wow, my poor brain has to digest so much. You are really stretching from one end to the other. Very though proking. I tell you something. When i was in France,beginning of the '60s, a French lady read me the cards and told me everything what's going to happened and it did - unfortunately. I convinced me that our life is mapped out how you cope with it is a different matter.


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Very true, Hanna, and we all do the same things in a way, which is why these charlatans score. "Food, sex and shelter," that's all life needs...Bob


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cathylynn99 5 years ago from northeastern US

how come no comments on the new beetle hub? talk to the hand? miss your face


diogenese 5 years ago

I never allow a damsel yearning for me to suffer: I'll put the face back today! (Actually, friends have been saying "Now we know you have dentures!" so I was going to can it anyway! Bobx

Yes, I was surprised no comments on the "new" beetle hub...such vanity


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stricktlydating 5 years ago from Australia

I really like your outlook! And totally agree with it!


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Nice of you to tell me that, SD...Bob


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Sa`ge 5 years ago from Barefoot Island

Just do something today that will make you smile tomorrow is what I always say and work at doing. love ya my dear.. hugs.. thank you for visiting me.. :)


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Sounds like a way to live, Sa'ge...Bob


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Everything points to intelligent design. You kid yourself if you imagine the majority of people in this world believe in evolution as you explain it. There are getting to be more and more atheists, but they have a ways to go before becoming a majority.

You have no idea what you are missing by keeping your eyes and mind closed. Still luv ya . . . xx

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