Without consciousness and intelligence, the universe would lack meaning.
These are the stories the Dogs tell, when the fires burn high and the wind is from the north.
Time is still the great mystery to us. It is no more than a concept; we don't know if it even exists.
My reluctance to use alien invasion is due to the feeling that we are not likely to be invaded and taken over.
If mankind were to continue in other than the present barbarism, a new path must be found, a new civilization based on some other method than technology.
If the means were available, we could trace our ancestry - yours and mine - back to the first blob of life-like material that came into being on the planet.
Must faith be exactly that, the willingness and ability to believe in the face of a lack of evidence? If one could find the evidence, would then the faith be dead?
It is only of life on Earth, however, that one can speak with any certainty. It seems to me that all life on Earth, the sum total of life upon the Earth, has purpose.
When I talk of the purpose of life, I am thinking not only of human life, but of all life on Earth and of the life which must exist upon other planets throughout the universe.
It would seem to me that by the time a race has achieved deep space capability it would have matured to a point where it would have no thought of dominating another intelligent species.