To be sure, this time will shine. Regrettably, it may often shine with the coarse flame of anger and pride, with the sickly gleam of the fascist's polished boot. But it will also shine from our renewed hearts.
The "first light" images are just the beginning. Even at a quarter of its full strength MeerKAT - and ultimately the SKA project - seems set to prove that the sky really is the limit for what we can learn about our universe.
The plot covers 650 billion cubic light-years and contains 1.2 million galaxies.
Maybe we're just blips on some cosmic computer screen.
In the future science is likely to become much more self-aware, and by turning to the observer's creative role--dance with the universe as co-creators -- we may wind up being infinitely more powerful than we ever imagined ourselves to be.