Have the findings of science truly treated us well
Since the breakthroughs of Newton and Einstein and Bell?
Having fallen in love with new plastics and cars
Our poor planet’s a patchwork of poisonous scars.
Now consider the Vatican’s need to condemn
Revelations from which revolution might stem
When Copernicus claimed the earth span round the sun
His contemporaries knew a new age had begun.
The Renaissance emerged from the darkness to freshen
Ideas that would end a relentless depression
Anatomy taught us the marvels of Man
While new remedies lengthen our human life span.
So whilst knowledge and learning have been on a roll
Our unfettered advances have taken their toll
For we plunder the frontiers and strip out the seas
Yet remain at the mercy of drought and disease.
As the Earth’s been subjected to blow after blow
We’ve embarked on a race for the next place to go
Though our ancestors followed the path of the stars
Could they ever have dreamt Man might make it to Mars?