But what exactly is our task? To just be? Just experience? take everything as it comes? Just be helpful?
It seems that the first task is to figure out what the second task is, and so on. If you think the task is boring, you have not found it yet. I think "take everything as it comes" is neglectful. We have intelligence and "agency" for a reason so our task must require that we use them.
The real question is; what is love? baby don't hurt me. (sorry.)
These are my thoughts at the moment.
Many of the thoughts here can sound contradictory. Supposedly we are all part of "one thing", like the branches of a tree, and we should all love each other. Why then does it matter if someone dies? Trees and plants can be strengthened by pruning, the root system is less strained and can supply more water and nutrients to each of the remaining leaves. Yet, "thou shalt not kill".
Trees die because the trunk, crown and leafe-system become too large for the root system to support. Wars and conflicts are ultimately about resources; ideologies are mainly for morale among foot soldiers. People don't fight wars because they are "evil", or "lack love", or have "low entropy" - they are simply solving problems as best they know and often the problem is starvation. Is it lower entropy to starve rather than fight for food?
Another thought experiment, imagine that a plane crashes on a desert island. The passengers survive but the coconut trees can only feed half of the people. Who gets to live, how, and why? Is it love to sacrifice oneself? What about a suicide-bomb that takes out half of the people? With self-sacrifice you waive your ability to use intelligence and let whoever is most egotistic end up in charge. Are you not responsible for the situation you leave behind?
If you choose not to sacrifice yourself, what do you do? Organise the people into two groups to let them believe in some "higher meaning" for fighting each other, rather than just selfishness? Would it be considered free will if they believed in some jibberish religion that made them fight?
We talk about free will, but people unawaringly bend to the will of others constantly. Is it "ok" to manipulate people if they willingly fall for it and it's for their own good?
A garden is essentially nature bent to the will of man in order to fulfill his idea of "how it should be". A garden has very low entropy compared to wilderness. Is a garden beautiful or is it monstrous? A dog is nature reshaped according to man's will. Are you better of with a wolf for a pet?
Man is part of nature and if he rejects that, he dies eventually. Man is also a gardener of sorts. Metaphorically, maybe our task is to shape the wilderness into a garden while being as kind as possible to life that we both create and take. That would involve planting, weeding, watering, and pruning.