I have been working on a few papers recently and one of them gave me an opportunity to reflect for a bit on life and the evolution of our species. I remembered back to a time when I was standing on top of a sleeping volcano and was struck in awe by my surroundings. I came to appreciate the significance of the world and environment. I felt very small and insignificant in comparison to the grand vistas before me and the universe as a whole.
I am not sure that humanity, with all of its achievements, will obtain more than a minor footnote in the universe’s final history; there is so much we do not understand or even realize that is in existence today. However, think about what we will learn tomorrow, next week, or in another century. We are fortunate as a species to be alive and not have killed ourselves off long ago. Much of the world is locked in a century old battle that prevents them from moving forward; for them time stands still. Eventually, we all hope that they will be able to move into the modern era and contribute to the global good. Greed, power, and envy still rule too many hearts.
The opportunity for the future is beyond imaging, and each day I wake up, I know we have a limitless potential for growth. This may seem idealistic, but look back at the achievements of the last thousand years and then look at the last fifty years. The pace of discovery is increasing, and even though we are in hard times now, they will not last forever. We will wake up to the dawn of a new day and continue to work towards making the world a better place for our children and our children’s children.