Every person feels that his life has some purpose and that history must be going somewhere. Why?
- Why should our lives have a purpose if we’re nothing more than computers on legs that procreate?
- Why should history be going anywhere and why should we like where it is going?
People invent all kinds of meaning for ourselves and for the human race as a whole … a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage … personal prosperity … gods, religions and philosophies in every shade … world peace. Many of these are refuges from facing up to what Bertrand Russell saw as the ultimate reality of history – the death of the individual and the eventual death of the solar system. If Russell was right, all is meaningless. The individual life and the history of the human race have no final value. Russell was honest enough to…
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