The following is a quote from the introduction to a book called "The Human Touch" by Michael Frayn and it is the best description of how I feel about my own work that I have ever thought or read or heard.
"Am I claiming that this proposed joint expedition is something important? I don't know what to say. Even if we actually manage to resolve the great paradox that has been teasing mankind for the last few thousand years, it won't help with any of the world's practical problems, or make us better people. But then nor will the stories we read, or the pictures we look at, or the music we listen to. All these things are as important as you personally happen to find them, no less or no more. A mere diversion, perhaps, if that's what they seem, or entirely pointless. Or just possibly keys that unlock something in the thoughts and feelings of which our life is composed."