Out here in the black, it can be hard to remember that the fundamental goal of the universe is not to end in cold and dead emptiness. That is what happens, of course, and that is what we are here to ensure comes to pass, but that is not the goal. A goal is a want. A goal is a need. And given enough of a chance, given sufficient initial energy, given the conditions and the timing and the place, everything wants and needs to burn.
The universe does not want to end. The universe wants to end in fire.
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