Sunday, July 19, 2009

Relativistic Environment Principle

I was just thinking...

No matter how awesome of an environment you can think up, if you were born into that environment, you would think it was precisely as interesting as the one you were already in.

That is, while you can read books about space ships or wizards (or wizards flying spaceships...bound to be books like that somewhere) and think, "Cor, that must be a lot more interesting than where I am", if you were born into that setting you'd be just as bored with that as you already are with computers, jet planes and the ability to live in a house that never gets attacked by the Bug Beasts of Zanthorp.

If the universe is infinite, and thus all possibilities exist, then somewhere, someone is, at this very moment, being attacked by ninjas, wishing they could live in a world where they could live a quiet suburban life and perhaps write things into a blog now and then. Or they're watching the sky go from orange to purple and then to a light shade of pink, wishing they could live in a world where things could possibly stay the same for two days in a row without undergoing radical changes.

Perhaps the real issue isn't how much better we can imagine some other place being, but rather, how satisfied we can be with where we already are. Is satisfaction a result of your environment? Would changing the environment increase your satisfaction? Or is satisfaction an internal function and if you changed environments, you would simply bring that same level of satisfaction/dissatisfaction with you?