Brilliantly said Michael.
I especially love this part:
My vision of humanity is that it is a child barely into its adolescence. We have learned to walk and to talk, and we have taken sand and turned it into sand castles, and we have thrown our toys across the room and wailed at the injust chaos of our world. And now we are beginning to understand the universe and see hints that there is a vast horizon still unexplored, and we wonder exactly what our place in this vista might be. We wonder whether it is ours to craft or others' to command, divine or alien.
It's so true and apt, that humanity as a whole is barely more than a toddler. It, at the moment, is an angsty selfish child, unaware of it's own power and destiny. It has made toys, and with those toys it's broken the world, but no wisdom as yet. I just hope humanity doesn't go "emo" when it reaches adolescence.
As for science, technology and the world, it is a tool, that's it. It does what we tell it to, and that's our power. It has stripped meaning, it hasn't imprinted life with anything that wasn't there. It's just made more apparent the insignificance that one person has. You are one from 6 billion. You are not unique. There are hundreds of others with your name, more than 20 million share your birthday. All of your hopes, dreams and wishes have already been expressed by thousands of other people. You are drowning, alone in a sea of humanity, along with billions of other people, all trying to shout over the noise. Why bother?
Because you can. And because you can stand for something great, something better than all of us, something for
all of us. Because the only way to make a difference is to make an impact, be helpful, and elevate humanity in some way, however small. Because that's all we can do as people, and it's enough.