This New York Times op-ed by Lawrence Krauss is magnificent (if you ask me).

 . . . Even in our own solar system, we expected the moons of Jupiter and Saturn were merely dead lumps of rock or frozen snowballs, whereas we now understand that several have warm oceans underneath a coating of ice — ideal potential breeding grounds for what may be independent forms of life. . . .

It’s such a miracle that we’ve climbed out of the trees and come to this point where — in just the last 100 years, barely an instant in geological time — we’ve figured it all out (well, a crazy lot of it); can fly through the air while eating dinner and watching a movie (some birds can’t even fly) . . . even detect warm oceans beneath the surface of distant moons.

At the rate things are going, we have just a few decades — if that — to solve the ultimate mystery: how to live with each other.   Sustainably, without rendering our tiny planet uninhabitable — or otherwise going extinct.  There are so many ways this could go wrong.

But what a privilege (and responsibility) to be around to help make it go right.

Read the op-ed?



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