What is the ultimate representation of the magnificence that is our complex, dynamic, and hugely mysterious planet Earth? Could it be something as simple as the laughter of children? Is it our wondrous oceans? Or is it an intangible quality, like the fact that humans continue to labor toward improvement despite the fact that there appears to be no real reason to survive, and that our existences and everything we do are almost comically pointless? It could be any of those things, really, or none of them, depending on who you ask. For if you talk to Texas Congressman Steve Stockman about what the best thing about Earth is, he'll give you a different answer altogether:

What a thoughtful and bright man they've elected to represent them in Texas' 36th District.

In surely unrelated news, "oil and gas" was the second largest industry donor to Stockman's campaign from 2011 to 2012.

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