Creating value is our human goal,
Pursuing what will somehow serve this Earth,
And only we have this explicit role
Because we can divine and reckon worth.
Instinctively, most creatures can discern
What’s good or bad for them, but only we
Have the innate capacity to yearn
For what may well enhance humanity.
And, beyond that, we feel a higher calling
To guarantee the Earth is flourishing;
Although at times our actions are appalling,
At best we choose ways that are nourishing.
Then, once we’ve mastered this transcendent grace,
We may be visited by friends from space.