We must create our own light
It was Sagan’s genius that made this scientific and philosophic journey into the cosmos possible. An exploration of our universe and ourselves in thirteen hours, explaining some of the deepest mysteries surrounding our existence. An edifying and uplifting experience.
Personally, I felt the thirteen hours spent watching Cosmos were more useful than the 12 years spent learning Science in school. This is both a indictment of our failed education system as well as a testament to the unrivaled brilliance of Cosmos and Sagan himself.
Cosmos helped us obtain an understanding of our origins and the known universe, prompting us to challenge our assumptions, think more consciously, and act in a manner befitting individuals who have had the veils of ignorance lifted, however partially.
“Human history can be viewed as a slowly dawning awareness that we are members of a larger group… If we are to survive, our loyalties must be broadened further, to include the whole human community, the entire planet Earth”
— Carl Sagan
“Maybe a good start would be to recognize within yourself the ability to understand anything, as long as it’s explained clearly enough. And then go and ask for explanations. And if you’re thinking ‘Well what do I ask for?’ ask yourself if there’s anything in your life you want changed. That’s where to start.”
— James Burke
“It was by common consent one of the greatest events in the history of the world, opening up the West and East for the first time; an extraordinary tale of bravery and cruelty, endurance and excess, chivalry and greed; a journey of ten years and 22,000 miles all told, enough to circle the globe.
Behind it, like the wrack of a receding tide, it has left strange and glittering debris: lost cities, blue-eyed Indians, exotic treasures, ancient manuscripts, and a great harvest of amazing stories, songs, poems, myths and legends.”
— Michael Wood