What is the point of trying, or being motivated, or putting in effort, when all life will eventually become extinct and the universe will become a cold, dark, empty abyss?
There are currently phenomena in the observable universe that we can only explain by inference. The great attractor is one of these. Until we are able to determine wtf this is, and examining wtf is repulsing some superclusters then speculating on how the universe will "die" is pointless (pun intended).
>What is the point of trying, or being motivated, or putting in effort, when all life will eventually become extinct and the universe will become a cold, dark, empty abyss?
Because people all over the world are suffering on a massive scale right now. What happens in 10^100 years is none of our concern.
Let's say Grandma has alzheimers. Are you too much of a nihilistic faggot to save her? I sure hope not.
Looking at the given fate of what is uncertain is devoid of consideration of the means. A person really has no means to validate the given conjecture of a potential heat death, unless given to the prerequisite of genuine knowledge of physics to infer such. Most theologians resolve this by the presence of a deity which goes beyond the scope of what is only reducible to the definitions of thought in compliments to what is given in the real world we sympathetically coexist in. The greeks posited a thing know as metempsychosis, and Plato offered a dialog which is known as the Form of the Good. There's a non-human order in nature which draws forth consciousness from a chaotic state the proceeds our apprehension of substance. Nature may have no definitive formality in terms to what we are knowing of, but to may offer us a comprehension or lack thereof of something either quoted to be 'eternal' or 'ceasing'. Buddah spoke of a middle path between these two qualities, and Jesus stated before Pilate, "My kingdom is not of this world."
Hopefully this may offer a reason to why many people pursue academia as a means to demonstrate the world and make greater our pool of knowledge.