Habitable Worlds as a Cause for Moral Reflection

In this great celestial creation, the catastrophy of a world, such as ours, or even the total dissolution of a system of worlds, may possibly be no more to the great Author of Nature, than the most common accident in life with us, and in all probability such final and general Doomsdays may be as frequent there, as even Birthdays or mortality with us upon the earth. This idea has something so chearful in it, that I own I can never look upon the stars without wondering why the whole world does not become astronomers; and that men endowed with sense and reason should neglect a science they are naturally so much interested in, and so capable of inlarging their understanding, as next to a demonstration {117} must convince them of their immortality, and reconcile them to all those little difficulties incident to human nature, without the least anxiety.

All this the vast apparent provision in the starry mansions seem to promise: What ought we then not to do, to preserve our natural birthright to it and to merit such inheritance, which alas we think created all to gratify alone a race of vain-glorious gigantic beings, while they are confined to this world, chained like so many atoms to a grain of sand.


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 An Original Theory or New Hypothesis of the Universe, Founded upon the Laws of Nature
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Wright, Thomas (2014-11-06), An Original Theory or New Hypothesis of the Universe, Founded upon the Laws of Nature, Cambridge University Press, Retrieved on 2015-01-24
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