however vast the cosmos, there is a distinct possibility that we may be alone and our consciousness a freak. be that as it may, being conscious of the past and the conditions of the present, humans can make their own futures, though not under circumstances that we might wish for. we have the potential to be free, thanks to the unique course of events on our home world. however, a mere 10,000 years of human history has created economic chains that stifle such potential and increasingly endanger its survival. it seems to me that if history is to continue being recorded and sifted through, the next stepping stone is consciously to break those chains.
~ steve drury,
Oxford University Press,