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The Universe Is Horror
May 2nd, 2007
PAGE FOOTNOTES: "It is not accurate to say that there is horror in the universe. The universe is horror."
-Dr. Werner Heisenberg, physicist.
I am often amazed at the amount of petty vengeance within the collective soul of the human species. Humans create eternal afterlife punishments within their mythological inventions, when faced with the prospect of others 'getting away' with percieved injustices. It is reasonable that this behavior may be hard-wired, for other great apes also show a predisposition to vengeance when they can get away with it, and fume and wait for opportunity when they cannot; we humans, when faced with no hope of achiving such satisfaction make use of our imaginative skills to compensate.
I bear no eternal malice toward any being, even those whom I feel have done me terrible wrong; I am convinced that we are all, all living beings, equal victims of the universe itself.
People, otherwise unbroken, can do awful things if the conditions are sufficient - if they are intimidated by authority, if they are suffering, if they are in pain, if they are hopeless, or if they are pushed beyond reason. Even the kindest and most ethical person can be broken, their very identity destroyed by suffering or disease. These are all limitations of the flesh, of the meat, of being a primate animal in a cosmos ultimately inimical to life, which our universe of Mundis absolutely is. Our tiny island earth is a fleeting speck of temporary safety amidst a vast ocean of forces so destructive as to be almost beyond imagining.
Can any being ever be fully and singularly responsible for what evil it does? I do not think so. I reason that the blame, to use that most human of words, lies as much with the cruel physics of our world as with any choice that a given being makes. This is not a total excuse of course, but it does bear consideration.
We are all but small animals, and we are all victims of a universe that cares not one whit about our well being. The cosmos is neither our enemy nor our friend, it cares not at all about us, yet it is nothing but annihilative death and utter dissolution beyond whatever temporary and fragile niche we must struggle to maintain.
It is enough to drive anyone mad.
The only answer, perhaps, is to work to fail to comprehend it.
That said, it would be ignoble to blame anyone completely, for anything. In the end, all must be forgiven, because in the end, all is utterly lost.
By Jennifer Diane Reitz
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