The only purpose I can ascribe to humanity that seems like something more than a self perpetuating anthill is the exploration space in its entirety. Either we are the only truly intelligent life in the universe and therefore are tasked with the tedious but enviable duty to catalog the universe, to have it perceived by anyone at all, or there is someone else and even if it is with our last breath we must share with them our knowledge.
Mostly I would just like it if someone was around to mourn the Solar System when it dies. Someone should have the ability to say “That star, though unremarkable, was worshiped as a god. It gave life to billions upon billions, and its warmth was the reason baseball could be played in the summer. Billions of people had nice days because of the sun, and humans in love lied in it just to enjoy each other. It was something a lot of them thought was kind of the point of it all. Books were read and plants grew and sad people felt a little better just because it was there. The beaches were lovely. Earth was a beautiful place made by a beautiful sun. Let us all say thank you and goodbye to the most important unremarkable star in the Milky Way.”
Thank you, unremarkable star, but I think we need to find all the important unremarkable stars and all the worlds and all the beings we can. We’ll one day have to say goodbye to you. It’s just the way it is.
"Okay spot, do Bill Buckner! Come on, do Bill Buckner!"
My favorite song about America off one of my favorite albums
My favorite song about god ever written if I’m being honest.