The universe began about fifteen billion years ago, in almost absolute simplicity, and it’s been getting more and more complex ever since. This movement from the simple to the complex is built into the web of and weave of the universe, and it’s called the tendency toward complexity. We’re the products of this complexification, and so are the birds, and the bees, and the trees, and the stars and even the galaxies of stars. And if we were to get wiped out out in a cosmic explosion, like an asteroid impact or something, soem other expression of our level of complexity would emerge, because that’s what the universe does. And it’s likely to be going on all over the universe.
Okay, the final or ultimate complexity - the place were all this complexity is going - is what we, or who, we might call God. And anything that promotes, enhances, accelerates this movement toward God is good. Anything that inhibits, impedes, or prevents it is evil. And if we want to know if something is good or evil - something like war and killing and smuggling guns to majeheddin guerrillas, for example - then we ask the questions: What if everyone did this thing? Would that help us, in this bit of the universe, to get there, or would it hold us back? And then we have a pretty good idea whether it’s good or evil. What’s more important, we know why it’s good or evil.
Gregory David Roberts - Shantaram (p. 705)
Ernest Hemingway (via infinite-paradox)