The Vastness is Bearable Only Through Love

“For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring”
— Carl Sagan

Ever since I first watched Cosmos, I was mesmerized by the way Carl Sagan explained the most complex and unfathomable ideas in such a simple and poetic manner. Carl illuminated a world exquisitely dependent on science and technology in which hardly anyone understood science and technology. Perhaps if I had watched it earlier during my high school years I might have gone down a different path in life.

He reached heights uncommon for a boy born in Brooklyn to modest immigrant parents with little scientific inclination. He made several discoveries in astrophysics. The furthest man-made object from Earth is travelling in interstellar space carrying his message. He was the public's gatekeeper of scientific credibility, destroying pseudoscience with a vengeance. One of the rare few in living memory to address them as equals.

An angel in a demon haunted world, he was the only scientist fit to interview the spiritual leader of a religion. Carl was the perfect ambassador for science, the perfect messiah to bring science and spirituality together. The world is a poorer place without someone like Carl to infuse in us his wonder and passion for the universe we live in, to remind us that we really are made of star stuff.