Tuesday, August 18, 2015
The idea of eternal recurrence is fascinating. It seems logical that in an infinite span of time - with finite amount of ways for matter to exist and for actions to take place - anything that has happened will happen again, in the same chronological order. However, I don't think that this is necessarily good or bad news, or that it makes our lives any more or less meaningful. Even if our lives will be relived some time bazillions of years from now, there doesn't seem to be a reason to believe that our consciousness will accompany the new bodies that look exactly like us, or even exist at all (from a non-religious point of view). Of course, it is silly to read too much into such a metaphysical concept with the intention of proving it with tangible facts, but even if eternal recurrence is taking place in the universe, we would only live once anyways, for that it is not the material that builds our bodies or the chemical activities that make up our thoughts that matters, but the consciousness or "soul" so to speak.