Someday our entire existence will be nothing but a very thin layer of sediment on this giant planet that has witnessed so many other life forms.
Yes, to realize we are dust and that we shall return to dust is strangely comforting.
On one level this is certainly true. However, on another level we are more than mere atoms and molecules. We are also ideas and part of an evolving discourse.
(raising his eyebrows) An evolving discourse? More often than not, I see repeating stupidity and little evidence of any evolving discourse.
What we see depends on our time scale. If you judge our species by a few lifetimes, it is difficult to see any progress. However, if we shift to longer timescales such as equinoctial cycles, a pattern emerges. We are evolving towards something that is amazing!
Amazing? (smiling while chuckling and disengaging from this conversation) Well, whatever you say!