WHAT IS PROGRESS?
The universe seems programmed to produce
From its most elementary particles
More complex entities for higher use
While reaching ever higher pinnacles.
That we’re the highest yet, we may suppose
For lack of evidence of any higher,
But surely, out there, we have friends or foes,
A knowledge we’ll eventually acquire.
Meanwhile, how should we best prepare to meet
Such awesome aliens from outer space
Who, if they find us, will no doubt defeat
Us easily, unless we win their grace.
Our best defense must be to show we’ve grown
In peace and love—and come into our own.