|Discovered in my bike lane: 1 cigar, wrapped|
We are like that, humans, as far as we know. In the vast cosmos, we are the only instance of intelligent life we know of. Theories, math, Drake, distant star transits measured with excruciating accuracy, all those seem point to the possibility that there are Others out there, which is intoxicating in itself. But even the most wide-eyed of enthusiasts for ET must admit that as of, well, now, we are it, so far as we have been able to detect or show, so far.
This is a cosmic and empirically supported special status that goes unrecognized in our daily activities. I wonder about that. About what we would do, say, think, feel, believe, and justifiably so, if we truly embraced the evidence we have, so far, that humans are the only intelligent lifeforms in a vast and forbidding cosmos. There may be others. But, we don't know. We don't. So far, we appear to be it. It may be prudent to act and think accordingly, until proven otherwise.