Created By: Olinga on September 17, 2013 Last Edited By: Olinga on November 29, 2013

Ubiquitous Profundity

Much or everything that exists plays a part in a profound cosmic whole

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The environment characters exist in is part of a (usually) benign greater whole which makes the characters, and by extension the audience, feel they play a small but spiritual part in the cosmos.

Often involves Powers That Be, Precursors, or other aliens initiating a grand design.

Compare to the view espoused by the Straw Nihilist which is the opposite.

Examples

Literature
  • The Foundation Series
    • The Seldon Plan, on an abstract level
    • Gaia, a planet that is actually a living computer to help the galaxy evolve consciousness
  • In The Space Odyssey Series humans are part of a grand plan to seed intelligence throughout the cosmos.

Live-Action TV
  • Parodied in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    Arthur: Deep Thought's answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and whatever!
    Ford: Everything! 42!
    Arthur: Of course! The experiment to find the question to that answer. It's going on all around us, here. The Earth. The ground. The trees. The water. The rocks. The cavemen.
  • In Cosmos Carl Sagan waxed poetic with "We... are stardust".

Movies
  • The Force in Star Wars
    Yoda: Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere. Yes, even between the land and the ship.

Real Life
  • Religion
    • In Deism, the whole of existence is the grinding of the gears of a great mechanism set forth by God.
    • In Pandeism, the great mechanism is itself God, and the laws of physics are designed to bring about evolution by natural selection, resulting in intelligent life (and possibly in that life further evolving itself to godhood).

Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • September 18, 2013
    DAN004
    Often Powers That Be are involved.
  • September 19, 2013
    Olinga
    Excellent observation, and in fact Precursors are a type of Powers That Be.
  • September 19, 2013
    Quatic
    Depends on the religion, and interpretation of it. For example in a Clockwork Universe a la Deism, the whole of existence is the grinding of the gears of a great mechanism set forth by God. In Pandeism, the great mechanism is itself God, and the laws of physics are designed to bring about evolution by natural selection, resulting in intelligent life (and possibly in that life further evolving itself to godhood).
  • September 22, 2013
    Olinga
    Good Quatic, I added your comment almost verbatim.
  • October 14, 2013
    DAN004
    Ubiquitous Profundity just sounds like someone who is ubiquitously profound. :/

    Needs to be clearer that there's some kind of "cosmic plan" (which some may call "fate", though it's not always the same) going on in the work.

    Compare Sentient Cosmic Force, You Cant Fight Fate.
  • October 17, 2013
    Olinga
    I removed references to "plan" because it's not always applicable. Sometimes UP is presented as just the natural state of things, such as the Force, Deism, and Pandeism.

    I'm not sure why you're tying UP to "someone". Authors have to present the concept through characters who notice it to make it interesting. It's not just "someone who is ubiquitously profound" because within the realm of the work the concept takes importance independently of the characters. In Star Wars the Force is far more important than just giving Yoda material to wax philosophical about. Instances of UP like the Force are supposed to give the audience a religious feeling independently of the characters.
  • October 20, 2013
    DAN004
    I mean, what is the ubiquitously profound here? Profundity is an adjective, after all...
  • October 20, 2013
    Olinga
    Star Wars: "You must feel the Force around you; between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere.": ubiquitous

    "Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter." profound

    The Force is UP.

    HGTTG: "It's going on all around us, here. The Earth. The ground. The trees. The water. The rocks. The cavemen.": ubiquitous

    "Deep Thought's answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and whatever!": profound

    The Earth is UP.

    I think it's clearly explained from what's already written.
  • October 21, 2013
    DAN004
    Alright. The point of my question, though, is about vocabulary issues regarding the title. :P

    Title should specify what is ubiquitously profound.
  • October 21, 2013
    Olinga
    I tagged with "Better Name".
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