Nobody asked but …
I intersected with a passage from Arthur C. Clarke this morning, and I thought I would share the idea. Clarke pointed out that ants have conquered the planet, Earth. They are everywhere, yet the species is no more advanced by the knowledge gained. There is no knowledge gained, because a new hill cannot communicate with any old hill, in any meaningful way. The ants are humbled by time and distance.
Clarke sees the same outcome for humanity, if and when we disperse beyond the Earth.
— Kilgore Forelle