Is the universe friendly?

“The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe.” - Albert Einstein

Much of our experience of the world is how we view it. 

How do we know this? Well, we see it all the time in people going through the same trauma (small or large) and having completely different attitudes about it. Our interpretation of the world colors how we "see" the facts. 

For example, I love watching nature shows--especially when they follow a single animal through a year.  I remember as a kid that many times the narrative was about how an animal might not have enough food for the winter and would probably die. The narrator created drama with their words by emphasizing all through the story how narrowly the animal survived. 

In contrast, I saw a show recently saw on NatGeo about urban raccoons where the narrative talked about how food was plentiful and raccoons were clever.  (They created the drama in the story by hyping how the raccoons almost got caught.) 

We have our own "nature show narratives" going on in our head all the time about our experiences, politics, religion, the way other people view us...  The question is...is the narrative friendly or is it hostile? 

© Random Cathy
Maira Gall