Albert Einstein once said that the most fundamental question we can ask ourselves is whether or not the universe is friendly or hostile. He suggested that the way you answer this question would determine your destiny.

Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not?

asked 03 Jun '10, 04:46

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See my answer to this question here:

(10 Jun '10, 18:11) Vesuvius

Thanks Vesuvius. I agree that it's a fundamental question, but not necessarily the most fundamental question. Only because there are other fundamental questions that one may need to find and answer prior to coming to that question.

I've pointed out in detail in many of my questions and answers on this site, how I see life and my current understanding of the nature of reality.

So briefly, it seems to me that we live in a belief driven Universe and our reality is determined by our beliefs and our state of being. And we always have free will to choose to believe in positive or negative outcomes in every moment.

Therefore, our self created destiny or future is determined by whether we believe the universe is friendly or hostile. In other words, we always have free will to imagine and view reality or the Universe as we please and our current reality will be a reflection of that.

It may be helpful to consider, that while we prefer to choose the Universe as being friendly or hostile, it's actually neutral. An illusion doesn’t have preferences of its own 8-)


answered 03 Jun '10, 12:40

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I fully agree that it's neutral

(04 Jun '10, 00:48) Michaela

although the master plan is friendly, it does not exclude hostilities among all the life forms within it. for mankind, a fundamental question is choosing brotherhood or selfishness; where are we on this one? for it is said 'as above so below, as below so above'.


answered 07 Jun '10, 01:29

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The reason this is a fundamental question is because the answer to the question will color your perception about any other question you may ask.

For example, consider the question "Is what I see on the nightly news really relevant to my life?" If you believe the universe is a hostile place, you will answer in the affirmative, and point to everything bad that happens on the news as proof that the world is out to get you.

If, on the other hand, you believe that the universe is a friendly place, then you will look at the nightly news as a distorted view of the isolated pockets of bad stuff that occasionally happens, or maybe even as a catalog of opportunities, a way to "sharpen your saw" by participating in activities that make the world a better place.

All questions can be reframed. People who are negative tend to ask questions like, "Why does this always happen to me?" instead of questions like, "What can I learn from this," or "How can I feel good about this, and become a better person in the process?"


answered 11 Jun '10, 17:07

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edited 11 Jun '10, 17:21

Thanks Vesuvius. I agree. A change of mind is what's necessary for a more positive and happier life.

(12 Jun '10, 01:27) Eddie

I was going to answer this until I realized you didn't mean "The Universe" like outer space, other planets, and beings. You meant your experience of the world around you.

(11 Dec '11, 18:57) Wade Casaldi

the universe is neither. it just "is." it exists. thinking that it could be hostile or friendly would suggest that it has conscious thoughts and emotions and it doesnt.


answered 11 Dec '11, 08:41

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Oh its hostile alright. Its been kickn my but since day one.


answered 03 Jun '10, 14:19

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Mack Steele

Please don't take this the wrong way, but if you perceive it kicking your butt, that's exactly what it's going to do.Our own thoughts and choices determine how hostile or friendly it actually is.

(04 Jun '10, 00:50) Michaela

Ask that question to all the innocent people and animals killed during events like ww2 or even natural disasters. If they were alive and could answer I assure you the answer would be hostile to know effect of their own, at least not from this lifetime. If you believe in kharma then who knows because thats a whole new question.


answered 03 Jun '10, 14:24

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Mack Steele

the universe is the circle it contain both black and white or dark and light or yin and yang.both are true , only when you can be the circle will you understand the duality and the transitory phenomena. experience and enjoy.


answered 11 Dec '11, 18:25

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