Humanity is Like an Infant

Taking a very gloomy view of the future of the human race, let us suppose that it can only expect to survive for two thousand millions years longer, a period about equal to the past age of the earth. Then, regarded as a being destined to live for three-score years and ten, humanity although it has been born in a house seventy years old, is itself only three days old. But only in the last few minutes has it become conscious that the whole world does not centre round its cradle and its trappings, and only in the last few ticks of the clock has any adequate conception of the size of the external world dawned upon it. For our clock does not tick seconds, but years; its minutes are the lives of men.


In a house 70 years old, but it is only three days old, and starting to see the house around it.

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 Eos Or the Wider Aspects of Cosmogony
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Jeans , Sir James Hopwood (1969), Eos Or the Wider Aspects of Cosmogony, Taylor & Francis, Retrieved on 2012-06-06
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