We’re here to make the best sense that we can
Of our diverse experience as man.
Each one of us is given the chance to add
One cubit to the view our forebears had,
Extending both our sight and our insight
To comprehend the universe aright.
Some peer around and outward to collect
The data of our worldly intellect,
While others introspectively opine
Upon what metaphysical design
May appertain and finally explain
The meaning of it all—our joy and pain.
The first part of our mission we’ve done well;
The second’s yet to do: averting hell.