Sagan’s words deserve our consideration. We are very tiny as compared to the great cosmos. Each day, scientists make new discoveries and bring new awareness to the fact that we are but a tiny, infinitesimal speck of the vast universe.
In his book, Cosmos, Sagan wrote, “The size and age of the Cosmos are beyond ordinary human understanding…In the last few millennia, we have made the most astonishing and unexpected discoveries about the Cosmos and our place within it, explorations that are exhilarating to consider. They remind us that humans have evolved to wonder, that understanding is a joy, that knowledge is prerequisite to survival…Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.” All humans are unique and precious! What an enlightening and affirming statement.
Ever since childhood, I have often wondered how we have existed for thousands and thousands of years on this tiny, blue planet. I have questioned teachers, mentors and the Great Unseen about the why’s and how’s of human existence. A lifetime of wondering and questioning, leaves me with only one sensible explanation – our human tenacity for existence is our ability to Love.
Sagan confirmed this for me when he wrote, “For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.” Yes, love…the center of all that is. Yes, Love! A word so deeply filled with meaning that it could fill a dictionary with synonyms. Love is our ability to feel the pain of another person, to offer care and comfort to those in need, to give a hug to someone who rarely feels a human touch, to know the joy and mysteries of the human heart, to realize we are part of something much bigger than ourselves. Yes, Love!
Love is what keeps us together, what keeps us going, what heals us, inspires us and encourages us when everything else seems to be against us.
Love gives us courage and strength. Love heals anger and sorrow. Love brings us hope, faith, and infinite other virtues we need in this existence to move through space and time.
Blessings of Love and Light to all!
Hubble view of the Cosmos: