To Hoss Hoss’s tongue-in-cheek point, the cosmic perspective in many ways is what is destroying our civilization. The more time we spend looking out (or rather, looking down at radiation readings, numbers, and other technological representations of the universe), the more likely we are to consider Earth as lowly, step one, base camp and the more divorced we will become from immediate sensory reality. What tangible good has our contemporary method of stargazing offered society? (It’s surely spawned countless mind-numbing sci-fi spectacles, not dissimilar to Cosmos) Also, considering other planets to inhabit when we haven’t bothered traveling to the moon in over 40 years is narcissistic and frankly ridiculous. For the time being, Earth NEEDS to be the center of the universe (not just because the only conscious life we know of that can CONCEIVE of the universe is based here) so that we can learn to value what we have.