|Hope~ George Frederic Watts, 1886
Now, he has written a tour de force. It’s rare and refreshing to find someone who resoundingly rejects any form of “spirituality”, or “hope”, or “woo” which, in one guise or another, almost always creeps surreptitiously into even the most gloomy analysis of the human condition - if only as the pretext that our blighted fate could have been averted. In his essay, “We Don't See Sentient Extraterrestrials Because They Don't Exist*” he has brilliantly eviscerated those phony, self-serving, anthropocentric constructs.
Possibly this is my favorite quote, because it underlies all the insanity perpetrated by humanity:
“For humans, a Universe in which our species is eventually crushed by disinterested natural forces (including biological imperatives) beyond its control is unthinkable. Humans literally can not imagine a Universe without humans in it.”
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