Monday, January 04, 2016

13 Worldbuilding Questions: Numbers 7 & 8 continually continued

This is part 3 for:

  7.  What's the predominant culture?
  8.  What's the current form of societal normalcy?

I've covered #7 in the last two posts, so now: what is the current form of societal normalcy?

This is a universe created by the whim of a race beyond our capability to understand just how little we are capable of understanding them.  We can't even conceive of how little we can know of them.  My defining them as a power mad race is the slightest hint of a shadow of an infinitesimal portion of what they truly are.

"...the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose."  J.B.S. Haldane

From our incredibly limited point of view, the universe is based on chaos and power madness.  It was designed from the ruins of a previous inhabited universe, completely destroyed and broken down into component energy states and potentialities, to be recreated at the whim of a race driven insane from their own knowledge and power.

That is, if we could even get enough information to know that much.  Currently we are incapable of even knowing as much as I described in the previous paragraph.
"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents." - H.P. Lovecraft

Are we are sitting on our planet, fat dumb and happy?  Not in the slightest.
"The universe is trying to kill you."  Neil deGrasse Tyson
The relative calm and predictability of a massive nuclear explosion, billions of years old, a wildly careening molten debris ball and a host of corrosive chemicals is homey and comfortable.  Where creatures killing and eating each other constantly and death is constant, painful and continuous is normal and reassuring; that's physical normalcy.

What about society?  There are good people, right?  

Sure, there are.  The mass of people are sheep, simple, unreflecting, calm and sure.  There are also good people; strong and brave heroic sheepdogs trying to herd and protect the flock who are utterly impotent in the face of this universe.

But that is not all.
"Man is a wolf to man."  Roman proverb.
Sheep, dogs and wolves all vunerable in an open field with only the unsympathetic sky above; getting no protection at all from what appears to be non-stop anarchy.  That is societal normalcy.

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