One can explain the concept. You love that which you can lose: Yourself, a woman, a homeland. Until today love was simply unattainable to mankind, to the earth. These are so few of us. A few billion altogether. A handful! Maybe we’re here in order to experience people as a reason for love.
— Solaris (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1972)
Science? Nonsense! In this situation mediocrity and genius are equally useless! I must tell you that we really have no desire to conquer any cosmos. We want to extend the Earth up to its borders. We don’t know what to do with other worlds. We don’t need other worlds. We need a mirror. We struggle to make contact, but we’ll never achieve it. We are in a ridiculous predicament of man pursuing a goal that he fears and that he really does not need. Man needs man!