November 15th, 2014

How will the universe end? A bubble of alien matter will consume the world.

I don’t feel sad that I am small and insignificant. I think it is amazing that we understand so much about the universe. I’ve felt depressed for a different reason, because according to these modern theories the universe keeps going forever. And even though our local region will kind of succumb to an evil bubble, in different places there will be different Earths and in that scenario, things will repeat themselves. So there will be other Earths that are pretty much exact copies of ours. So of course most of the different civilizations will be nothing like ours, but there will also be ones just like ours. So what I’m sad about is that we’re not unique in the universe. But small and insignificant … ? We are.

Alina Simone has written for the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. She is a regular contributor to PRI’s The World.


How will the universe end? A bubble of alien matter will consume the world.

I pause to contemplate the above.

Of course, we are insignificant.
Of course, we are significant.

Of course we are not unique.
Of course we are unique.

Of course the universe will end.
Of course the universe will go on forever.