Einstein said that an important question to ask ourselves is “Is the universe friendly?”
It’s an interesting question because the answer you give influences how you experience Life.
If you think it is unfriendly, you are likely to see danger all around and to expect hostility. You are likely to respond by trying to control and conquer in order to be safe. If you think it is neither friendly, nor unfriendly, then you probably experience Life as random, brief and pointless. However, if you think it is friendly, you are more disposed to engage with an open-hearted curiosity, seeking to understand more and more.
This question which he posed is often considered in relation to thinking about the emergence of consciousness in the constantly evolving universe.
An article in this month’s Psychology Today refers to the question in this context. It’s worth a read, and concludes
Any inventory of the cosmos that omits us is like a survey of the body that overlooks the brain. In evolving the human mind, the universe has fashioned an instrument capable of understanding itself and empathizing with others. We are that instrument, and since we are part of the cosmos, we err if we judge it to lack kindness, love, and compassion. If I believe the universe is heartless, it’s because I myself do not love