|—||Neil deGrasse Tyson (via newjerseyhumanists)|
“We are the universe, and the universe is in us”
Pretty much everything I believe in, summed up here.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson
— Neil deGrasse Tyson
In terms of other things that baffle me in the universe… oh there’s tons! I’m baffled every day; like:
What is dark matter?
What is dark energy?
How did inanimate organic molecules become animate and transform into life?
What was around before the universe?
Is there a multiverse?
Are there multiverses of multiverses?
When I pause and reflect on our expanding universe, with its galaxies hurtling away from one another, embedded within the ever-stretching, four-dimensional fabric of space and time, sometimes I forget that uncounted people walk this Earth without food or shelter, and that children are disproportionately represented among them.
When I pore over the data that establish the mysterious presence of dark matter and dark energy throughout the universe, sometimes I forget that every day—every twenty-four-hour rotation of Earth—people kill and get killed in the name of someone else’s conception of God, and that some people who do not kill in the name of God kill in the name of their nation’s needs or wants.
When I track the orbits of asteroids, comets, and planets, each one a pirouetting dancer in a cosmic ballet choreographed by the forces of gravity, sometimes I forget that too many people act in wanton disregard for the delicate interplay of Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, and land, with consequences that our children and our children’s children will witness and pay for with their health and well-being.
And sometimes I forget that powerful people rarely do all they can to help those who cannot help themselves.
I occasionally forget those things because, however big the world is—in our hearts, our minds, and our outsize atlases—the universe is even bigger. A depressing thought to some, but a liberating thought to me.
|—||Neil deGrasse Tyson (via overunderbelly)|