Nature's majesty is awe-inspiring.
We should never forget the awesome power that the universe could bear down upon us.
The city of Pompeii is of course an historic example.
I find that the study of the reality of the world, history, geology, paleontology, nature, mathematics, physics, astronomy, cosmology... these disciplines are all related and relevant and intertwined... understanding these things gives you a perspective on our endeavors as the human race here on planet earth are all just a child's exercise and attempts at achieving power and godhood, yet we are all still children fumbling with the toys given to us, misusing them, sticking them in our mouths, like babies who don't know the world they really live in. This is the history of the human race, and the hubris and arrogance of our species comes to bite us in the ass so many times, teaching us as a child who touches a hot stove - the ideas and ideologies, and ignorances that plague our poor, pitiful attempts at greatness....
There is a righteous pursuit which has something to do with beauty, honest, truth, creativity.... but we are all juveniles among it all as we spread our wings and attempt to leave the nest....
Humanity as a whole is like an awkward, almost featherless bird probing its surroundings, eventually to take a leap of faith and learn to fly.
I don't know if it will be in 100 years or 100 million years, but assuming our mistakes aren't suicidal, one day we will expand and evolve beyond out silly trivialities of this day and this time.... and join the expeditions toward the stars to find new friends and new mysteries to explore. There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever that the library of what there is to discover in this universe is far greater that what the most inspired among us can even imagine.