Stephen Crane, a nineteenth century novelist and poet wrote:
When I was a teenager, I thought that was terribly profound; the universe has no obligation to care about me. In one sense, it is true. The universe, in the literal sense, is a physical thing, without a consciousness. It neither cares nor cares not.
Crane represented the universe as something with consciousness. Then he put his own spin on that consciousness.
Today, in my office waiting room, I have a poster. You’ve, no doubt, seen it. It depicts the Earth’s position in the Milky Way. In one sense, it shows how tiny we are in respect to our galaxy, and hence, the universe.
It always strikes me that it means, NO MATTER HOW SMALL YOU ARE — YOU ARE HERE. You are part of this universe.
If Crane had been objective, his universe would have replied, “Yes, that’s true.” Had he been in a better mood, his universe would have said, “I’m glad you’re here.”
A Different Perspective
It’s your universe. You get to decide what it thinks.