I was the only person on the ship, and viewing the planet as we approached it gave only feelings of supernatural horror: I had arrived from a perilous journey to an enormous, dead world.
Neptune is so large and volatile that a human would simultaneously freeze from the -218°C outer atmosphere, be crushed by its density/gravitation, and be shredded by the strongest sustained winds in the Solar System (recorded wind speeds as high as 2,100 km/h (1,300 mph)
The dream felt like a dose of Eugene Thacker’s cosmic pessimism and a confrontation with the world-without-us, something humans have a hard time reconciling with: there exists, in all its hideous and sublime manifestation, a radically unhuman, impersonal, and indifferent reality.
Our entire solar system is violently inhospitable to us, except for this solitary Pale Blue Dot, our cosmic home suspended in the balance of a goldilocks zone with the Sun. What fortune to have self-awareness on this precious ocean world!
I awoke pondering: are the social organization and economic ideologies on Earth in place to ensure our *actual* survival or to protect human-centered dominance hierarchies? Is endless-growth Capitalism lifting us all out of poverty(?) only to level *everything* in its demise?
As I stood looking out over its overwhelming, unfathomable scale, these impressions of Neptune gave me a sensation that I was headed towards a calamitous collision with the world-without-us, alone, enveloped by the darkness of the vacuum.
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