There is only one corner of the universe where we know for sure that the laws of nature have conspired to produce a species capable of transcending the physical bounds of a single life and developing a library of knowledge beyond the capacity of a million individual brains which contains a precise description of our location in space and time.

We know our place, and that makes us valuable, and at least in our local cosmic neighborhood, unique. We don’t know how far we would have to travel to find another such island of understanding, but it is surely a long way. This makes the human race worth celebrating, our library worth nurturing, and our existence worth protecting.
Brian Cox, Human Universe (via whyallcaps)