THE SAGAN SERIES - Per Aspera Ad Astra
there were many possible historical paths.
Our ancestors walked from East Africa
they hunted elephants with stone spearpoints,
they walked the Moon a decade after entering space.
It is beyond our powers to predict the future.
Catastrophic events have a way of sneaking up on us,
might be owed to a restless few-drawn,
by a craving they can hardly articulate or understand,
to undiscovered lands and new worlds.
Each victory is only a prelude to another,
and no boundaries can be set to rational hope.
Our particular causality skein
has brought us to a modest and rudimentary,
although in many respects heroic,