- Sep 29, 2021
- Basic Beliefs
We can't do anything with it unless there are forces accompanying the stuff. That's two things needed beyond just there being. In fact there are possible existences of many kinds of stuff with there being no causal necessity there for the ride.
Fortunately, causal necessity is neither an object nor a force. It is a short generalization of the fact that every event appears to have some prior event that made it happen. The notion of causation is how we explain why something happened. Knowing why an event happens often gives us control over the event. It gives us the ability to make good things happen more often and to make bad things happen less often. We care about outcomes, especially those that affect us, because we literally "have skin in the game".
And we lack hard shells to protect us, you know, like those turtles.