No non-trivial action has literally zero effect on anything in the universe.
A vision of the universe as a barren landscape is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
In other words, Eric, supposedly a financial master of the universe, is cut off from reality in his inner sanctum on wheels.
1580s, "the whole world, cosmos," from Old French univers (12c.), from Latin universum "the universe," noun use of neuter of adj. universus "all together," literally "turned into one," from unus "one" (see one) + versus, past participle of vertere "to turn" (see versus). Properly a loan-translation of Greek to holon "the universe," noun use of neuter of adj. holos "whole" (see safe (adj.)).