The New Ptolemy

The evolution of consciousness since the Enlightenment can be thought of as the progressive, and unwelcome realization of human insignificance. We inhabit this rock, spinning in infinity*, the center of nothing, outweighed in biomass by ants. God still loves us, right?

Or not…did we piss them off?

Sacrifice a goat. Sacrifice the SUV’s, whatever. Repent, ye sinners!

Where is your pride? We have enormous powers! We can change the planet’s climate with our fire. We are the Anthropocene! We can wipe species off the map with our axes. Just not the ants…

*Credit Paul Simon

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