In theory I agree with what you're saying. In practice, not so much.
I know what you mean. Humans of all professions are so easily misguided by their own bias, egos, and desire for power and wealth. But it is always good to have that "theory" of the proper way visible, if for nothing else but a reminder of how far me are missing the mark. And as an example of how far we are missing that mark, next time some request for support for some esoteric scientific experiment comes up to determine some cosmological fact that has no real practical benefit to society, weigh that need against the fact that we have 1,360,000 homeless children in K through 12 school systems in the U.S (a trend that is increasing compared to last decade). That's a staggering and thoroughly shameful statistic about our society.
Science needs to keep most of its focus for discovery downward to here on Earth and not into worthless cosmological pursuits like the origins of the cosmos. Earth-Moon orbital operations and exploring our own solar system I can see as a priority if they are geared towards things we might leverage for our needs/improvement for societies here on Earth. That and planetary defense from asteroids would be wise and fruitful space endeavors worthy of public funding. All the pure science investigations, especially those for cosmological origins, should be relegated to private funding ONLY as they are basically throwing money away.
So given we do stupid stuff like this and ignore the important, yes very much believe humans will be the ultimate demise of the Earth! We aren't smart enough to even take care of our children!
Sorry for the harshness...it is just so frustrating sometimes and sad always.
Edited by BillP, 13 September 2019 - 04:51 PM.