I don't seriously think we are that far apart in our views.
For example, I don't really believe that you believe that the universe is a 100% universally benevolent place free of pits and sharp edges (not to be confused with a largely benevolent place, which I do believe; it is a perfectly wonderful, hospitable place...even as it yet is ultimately locally rule-able by force as one of its cold consequences.)
I don't think the universe has a dog in our hunt, in the sense of, must mankind survive, prevail, get it right, avoid all the rough edges (much less human constructs such as the USA.) It has cold, uncaring rules, it deals from the top of the deck, period. What we do is up to us, no skin off its nose. We can eat the crabs, or the crabs can eat us; as far as I can tell, there is nothing other than us and the crabs in this universe that cares one way or the other about which of those occur, though it is mostly us in that instance.
Perhaps I inartfully used the term 'antidote to the universe as it is.' In context I meant, to the consequences of the fact that force can rule because force can rule, period, with no other attribute necessary or required. Antidote to -that- cold, hard fact of the universe, as it is.
Not in total.
The universe is not all light and health; it is also darkness and disease. With some active thought, we actively seek one and actively avoid the other, even as success is not guaranteed in that seeking, but IMO, we do need to do that, and I'm sure you believe that as well.
One of the universes rules is risk; it is not ultimately repeal-able on any unilateral basis. We can manage it, we can analyze it, but we can't eliminate it. We can at most try to avoid it, minimize it, or shed it onto others, but it is a permanent fact of reality. We can't eliminate it.
Here is what I mean by that; human beings can do everything right in this universe, make all the right moves, and still lose. Human beings are not omnipotent beings in this universe. They are intelligent, and that is enough of a rigged hand. But we are still playing a game subject to risk. In that sense, the universe is not a rigged game, waiting for mankind simply to answer all the riddles correctly. We can answer all the riddles correctly...and still lose. That, too, is a characteristic of the universe. In that sense, the universe does not have any built in sense of human 'justice' no matter how defined(rule based or outcome based, those are purely manufactured by human kind.)
That boundary condition of the universe frightens some people, filling them with existential terror. Some of that drives our human politics.
For others, it's just the universe as it is. It's as good as it gets, and it is plenty good enough. It beats all the available alternatives.
Fortunately, risk is finite and largely manageable. But it is finite, not zero, in almost every human endeavor worth pursuing.
Including purely trivial things, like, going to a movie premier of Batman at midnight.