We are here because an odd group of fishes had a peculiar fin anatomy that could transform into legs for terrestrial creatures; because the earth never froze entirely during an ice age; because a small and tenuous species, arising in Africa a quarter of a million years ago, has managed, so far, to survive by hook and by crook. We may yearn for a "higher" answer - but none exists. This explanation, though superficially troubling, if not terrifying, is ultimately liberating and exhilarating.
- Stephen Jay Gould
Given billions of years of evolution, sophisticated living structures have developed, including creatures conscious of their universe, able to manipulate it in massive ways. There is no doubt that life will have developed in many places in our universe. Our own significance, our ultimate potential and our ensemble of possible destinies will be understood by finding and studying the other intelligent creatures of space. Thus a prime task is to seek out other intelligent civilizations and to share knowledge with them.
- Frank Drake
To look for a purpose in Life outside Life itself amounts to killing Life. Reason is given by Life, not vice versa. Life is prior to meaning. ... Human life is joyful interrogation. Any answer is blasphemy.
- Raimon Panikkar
I find the question "Why are we here?" typically human. I'd suggest "Are we here?" would be the more logical choice.
- Leonard Nimoy
If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?
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