When we look at the problems we may face if we live a million years, we start to realize that the current problems and concerns are nothing when compared to the long-term perspective of our planet and the universe which we inhabit.
The constant injury humans cause to our home planet would seem childish and stupid, when seen alongside the larger picture of where we are in the universe.
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