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Cosmic Loneliness

August 5, 2009

To accept that we are alone is to confront the cosmic fact that Earth is just one planet revolving around an insignificant star in an insignificant galaxy, in a universe of 100,000,000,000 stars in each of 100,000,000,000 galaxies. Many people cannot cope with such solitude. We are frightened by the thought that we are the best and the only intelligent life that the universe can produce.

When NASA claimed that it had discovered life on Mars, the sci-fi author Ray Bradbury wrote: ‘This last fragment of data…is only worth our hyper-ventilation if we allow it to lead us to the larger metaphor: Mankind sliding across the blind retina of the cosmos, hoping to be seen, hoping to be counted, hoping to be worth the counting.

David Wilkinson, Third Way magazine, November 1997, quote from, ‘Our Martian Destiny,’ Wall Street Journal, 21st Aug. 1996