John A Spera on Aug 4 2008, 10:21 PM, said:
Thanks .... John
gee im sorry that was the impression you got from my post. My belief is quite the contrary. THe reason for life, and particularly sentient life, is to create potentialities which would other wise not exist.
A universe without life, particularly without any sentient life, is closest to a preordained and one dimensional universe where only material accidents like the collision of stars may influence the timeline. A universe including sentient life has a multitude of possibilities. Whether that sentience is god or human we bring purpose(s) to the universe with us.
All living beings have an inherent purpose to continue the cycle of life, and thus maintain diversity of potential, but sentient beings, from god down to us can shape the universe to our will. God, being more powerful, does more of the shaping, but humans in their own tiny corner of the universe are beginning to make their mark, and in a few centuries will begin to shape/mould the very fabric of existence of our corner of the universe.
Given a little more time, that area of influence will expand exponentially. One responsibility of all humans thus inherently, is to ensure we survive and continue to develop material and spiritual wisdom so that, as our physical ability to alter the universe around us grows, it is matched by a spiritual wisdom which shows us how to do so wisely and safely.
Eventually, humans may become responsible for raising, teaching, watching over, and protecting, other developing sentient beings, both on earth and around the galaxy.
God or evolution gave us both intelligence and free will . It is our responsibility to learn in all areas and to apply that knowledge to making wise choices. That is where i personally think our spiritual nature comes in. It is this element of human sentience which allows us/empowers us, to modify our great material/ physical abilities so that they are used for good/productive purposes rather than bad/destructive ones.