"From the darkness, sleeping light." Formerly luminus dormiens. Lux pacis, light of peace.

Quote: "Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." --Bill Watterson, cartoonist, Calvin and Hobbes


Life's sad and . . . and not worth living, but Hamlet's changed my mind

Part 3 of 3 is coming up, but for now, I will explain what is happening to me right now.

I am taking two classes for the summer: US History before 1877 and Intro to Photography. I do not find History particularly boring (depends on the teacher, I suppose) because history sometimes enthralls me. Learning about photography is not necessarily what I really want to do, but I thought it would be fun, and best, that I learn. After the photography class, I plan to grudgingly take a course in modifying images. After the basic courses, I want to go into further study in arts such as drawing and painting. And that should be it.

I am thinking of majoring in either Biochemistry or Environmental Science. I really want to take some philosophy classes because I think the realms of thoughts that philosophers have written down for millennia to attempt futilely to explain the many great mysteries of life fascinate me a lot. Questions such as "Why are we here?", "Why does God not show Himself?", "Why are there perverts and imperfection in the species of human beings?", "Why are we blessed with language such that our imagination soars, our constructions of skyscrapers and destructions of mountain and rivers lend tribute to 'the piece of work [that] is a man,' that we split atoms and bring animals to our dominance?", "Where are we going?", "What new problems will exist in the future once old ones fade away? Population boom? Endless government control? Restricted birth? Collapse of the Earth? Final (though highly unlikely) discovery of some kind of warp drive/wormhole/hyperdrive system to colonize other planets? Discovery of hostile/benign/benevolent extraterrestrial life? WWIII? Artificial Intelligence?", etc.

Somehow, I don't think either scenario of the future, utopia or dystopia, will actually happen. 1984 seems too farfetched and unsustainable to serve as anything more than a dire warning. Brave New World seems capable of being true, if you can ignore some things that are obviously disproved scientifically. The Giver seems equally possible as BNW, and has a depressing ending. Star Wars and Star Trek are both more hopeful scenarios, but I quietly suspect that the universe is a lonely place. There are life out there, I will believe, but whether intelligent life exists is doubtful. If they are like us, then whether they have destroyed themselves or not will determine whether we make contact with them.

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