Last week, I read an article about the future of our sun. It contained this section.
‘In a few billion years, the sun will become a red giant so large that it will engulf our planet. But the Earth will become uninhabitable much sooner than that. After about a billion years the sun will become hot enough to boil our oceans.’
I woke up thinking about that this morning.
Everything will be gone. Every vestige of our history and culture. Every building, natural wonder, and every human being and animal. Not one living thing will survive, and it will be as if the earth never existed. No records of it ever being there; and no memories of great thinkers and writers, or the work of renowned artists.
It may well be that by then there will be colonies on distant planets, unaffected by the exploding sun. But they will have to be far distant indeed, to escape a similar fate.
And what if such colonies are poplulated by then? Unless all our human treasures are taken there to be stored, and some kind of space ark used to convey animal species to the end of the galaxy, they will have only pictures and documents stored on computers. It won’t be long before it is all beyond the living memory of anyone left.
So I have to wonder.
Is it all worth it?