The steady state theory is a comfortable model of the universe. I may take issue with the expansion part but the rest is nice. We should be grateful that we live in what is essentially a 'time attenuated bubble'. In some ways it is similar to an egg, and when the human mind and technology extends beyond it, we will be born again.
To me, humanity's goal is obvious: we must first understand our bubble (sector of the universe), and the complete process of it, before the exploration of this galaxy begins. Many believe we are not alone, or that it is even our bubble, and I think they are right.
Just as I am one mind among 7 billion, so is humanity in our bubble. That's scary and exciting. Our scientific community, focused on their holy grail (Nobel Prize), do not see the forest for the trees; so we must guide them. God help us (no, I am not religious).