Planck results proved that you can be underwhelmed, even if you expected nothing. We still don’t know where we stand on inflation and the looming ontological free-for-all that the multiverse would mean.
The earth we inhabit is an error, an incompetent parody. Mirrors and paternity are abominable because they multiply and affirm it.
— Jorge Luis Borges in A Universal History of Iniquity (1935)
“Anything that can happen will happen — and it will happen infinitely many times”
— Alan Guth, father of inflationary theory
Meanwhile, more people are turning away from inflation in search for alternatives. Leading among them are cyclical cosmologies (this is one of the most favourite flavours). As a consolation, even if the universe itself turns out to not be cyclical, at least the field of cosmology itself is, since cosmologist revisit cyclical cosmologies cyclically.
While cyclical cosmologies do away with the cosmological inflation, they too can not escape the ontological inflation, as fellow proto-cosmologist and gay-scientist Nietzsche explains so cheerfully:
‘This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more’ … Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus?
— Friedrich Nietzsche in The Gay Science (1882)