I was trying to catch the Perseides the other night and just sitting there looking at the background stars, realizing many must have planets around them, many with life maybe...maybe with people looking back at their sky and seeing our sun - and it's all so useless because we sit here looking at each other but we can never know if the other is really there. And even if we knew, communication would take at least a few years, even more including roundtrip - there is no way to communicate like that. For all practical purposes, we really *are* alone in the Universe - even though we may be blindly looking at each other every night.

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