|The vast mystery of space, or akasha deva loka ("space plane of shining ones") in Buddhist cosmology (Orion Nebula by GreasyGrandma/Sans.toi/flickr.com)|
|Bad Astronomy (universetoday.com)|
|We're whistling in the dark; old theories fail us.|
Or, if you're lucky, be swept up in a black budget project, be taken to one of many secret underground labs, get unlimited funding to do real research for the benefit of the military-industrial complex, and perhaps be exposed to reverse-engineered technology from odd artifacts that have fallen out of the sky all mysterious like.
Which fate is worse, dying out (while being laughed at) or selling out (while drinking to be able to live with yourself)? There are few other choices. "Go along to get along" has become the order of the day in the science community.
Secretly read up and keep an open mind to what colleagues and defectors are really studying and discovering in secret. Without the proper security clearance, one is unlikely to gain sufficient awareness to realize that mainstream magazines set the agenda, applaud Defenders of the Faith, and are moved by the profit motive, which means promoting scarcity, fear, chaos, and spirituality vs. science polemics.