Carl Sagan, with an assist from Darwin:
"Man in his arrogance thinks himself a great work worthy of the interposition of a deity," Darwin wrote telegraphically. "More humble and I think truer is to consider him created from animals" We're johnny come lately. We live in the boondocks. We emerged from microbes. Apes are our cousins. Our thoughts and feelings are not fully under our own control. And on top of all of this, we're making a mess of our planet and becoming a danger to ourselves. The trapdoor beneath our feet swings open, we find ourselves in bottomless free-fall. If it takes a little myth and ritual to get us through this. Who among us could not sympathize?