The Vastness is Bearable Only Through Love
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.
“For the first time in human history, the Buddha admonished, entreated and appealed to people not to hurt a living being, and it is not necessary to offer prayer, praise or sacrifice to gods.
With all the eloquence at his command the Buddha vehemently proclaimed that gods are also in dire need of salvation themselves.”
— Thomas William Rhys Davids
“The whole earth is the tomb of heroic men and their story is not given only on stone over their clay but abides everywhere without visible symbol woven into the stuff of other mens lives”
“Star Trek speaks to some basic human needs: that there is a tomorrow — it’s not all going to be over with a big flash and a bomb; that the human race is improving; that we have things to be proud of as humans.”
— Gene Roddenberry
“If you want to know whether you are destined to be a success or a failure in life, you can easily find out. The test is simple and it is infallible: Are you able to save money? If not, drop out. You will lose. You may think not, but you will lose as sure as you live. The seed of success is not in you.”
— James J. Hill
“The inventor looks upon the world and is not contented with things as they are. He wants to improve whatever he sees, he wants to benefit the world; he is haunted by an idea. The spirit of invention possesses him, seeking materialization.”
— Alexander Graham Bell
“It is a child of my own and bids fair to be one of the most important (colonies) and at the same time one of the least expensive and troublesome which we possess. Our object is not territory but trade: a great commercial emporium”
— Sir Stamford Raffles
“Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller”
— Ibn Battuta
“For they could not love you, but still your love was true
And when no hope was left in sight, on that starry starry night
You took your life as lovers often do,
But I could have told you, Vincent,
This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.”
— Don McLean