James Hampton is a writer primarily of science fiction and fantasy stories, although he enjoys writing, and reading, in a wide variety of genres.
Francis W. Porretto
on March 08, 2012 :
Not bad. There are some minor technical errors here, mostly having to do with viewpoint control, but on the whole it's solid. Well done.
Let's talk about your theme for a moment. That the universe will some day "run down" in the projected heat death is, from the standpoint of contemporary physics, unassailable. But why would that make human existence "meaningless?" Even more sharply: If we were to become absolutely certain that the heat death is merely a precursor stage to a new monobloc and a new cosmos, why would that render human existence any more meaningful?
Meaning is a consequence of interpretation. Interpretation requires an interpreter. When it comes to the meaning of a human life, there are several candidates for the position:
-- Your loved ones (assuming they love you as well)
-- Your neighbors and colleagues
-- Your "audience," however that might be defined
Note that none of the above is "the universe," or the heat death thereof. To lifeless matter, meaning is an irrelevant term.
Now, a theme is a personal thing, and it might strike you that for me to question yours isn't quite cricket. Still and all, I like to engage others on this subject because of the great confusions that attend the question of meaning, a meaningful existence, and the implications of one's position on such things for one's personal course. Overall, you did okay. Write more!
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