I wish someone told me

The Milky Way as photographed from the Earth

They're laid to rest,
before they've known just what to do
their souls are lost
because they could never find
What's this life for?

I wish someone told me the true meaning of life. Someone who disclosed the truth behind this entire Universe. I wish someone came and told me about how and why all the celestial bodies are there and what is the reason behind all of it. I wish someone told me about the origin of Humans, about other life forms living on other planets. 

In our day-to-day lives, we usually tend to forget and take our presence on this planet Earth for granted. We get so tied down by all the materialistic desires and emotions that we don't even stop for a moment to ponder on these thoughts. We humans should never forget, that in the grand scheme of things, we are just another planet, a minuscule dot on the Universe. And yet, we still take pride in our superior intelligence, our wealth and our comfortable lives, without giving a thought to the true purpose of a human's life. We fail to realize and accept one simple fact and that is - almost everything, all ego, power, position, wealth, status, emotions and possessions, these things just fall away in the face of the fact that everything in this world is susceptible to change. All things in this Universe are subjected to constant metamorphosis and are eternally in a state of constant flux; which actually indicates birth and death. Both birth and death define the Universe- everything from galaxies to stars to planets to animals to humans, has to be born and die at some point of time.
Why do I say so? 
Part of this is due to a great science fiction writer by the name of Arthur C Clarke who had this to say in the foreword of his epic masterpiece, 2001 a space odyssey :

"Since the dawn of time, a hundred billion human beings have walked the planet earth. Now, this is an interesting number, for by a curious coincidence there are approximately a hundred billion stars in our local universe, the Milky way.
So, for every man who has ever lived, in this universe there shines a star.
But every one of those stars is a sun, often far more brilliant and glorious than the small, nearby star we call the Sun. And many-perhaps most- of those alien suns have planets circling them. 
So, almost certainly there is enough land in the sky to every member of the human species, back to the first ape man, his own private, world-sized heaven- or hell.
How many of those potential heavens and hells are are now inhabited and by what manner of creatures, we have no way of guessing; the very nearest are a million times farther away from Mars or Venus. "

Yes, these words do make us uncomfortable and give us goosebumps. Of course there are many theories about the origins of the universe and the evolution of man. There are religious scriptures, artifacts, philosophical hypotheses, weird Mayan predictions, scientific analysis and many more. All of these are quite accurate, valid and seem quite convincing. It would be wrong to reject one line of thought and accept another one. However, there are two words which brings all these lines or thoughts to a crossroad or a junction. 


Suppose, the person whom I spoke of in the beginning of this post came and told me that the world and this life as we know it, all of it is a lie/hoax. What if some alien life form taught us how to live on Earth? What if we are all just pawns in a chessboard and there is a player out there who is watching this chessboard, making its moves every now and then? What if we're just few samples in a petri dish for a scientist of another species who's just testing out various possibilities? 

No one knows the answers and the possibilities are endless. However, it is essential to know the truths which have such far-reaching consequences. And so the answers need to come from a life form which is more than a human, a supreme power
I wish someone told me- the ultimate truth, about the Universe.

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