In university there was a test question on the final examination for the physical science course:
“What is your view of the Cosmos?”
I assumed the teacher wanted my opinion of the Cosmos. Unfortunately, my answer was “incorrect” since it did not agree with this Professor of Physics.
This professor like so many people today look at the world and the world above and conclude what you see is what is. This is such a waste of imagination and logical deduction.
Each day there are new discoveries both on earth and space which challenge preconceived opinions passed down from generation to generation and beliefs rooted in ancient tales and texts of human origins and the struggles of human life to understand its place in the grand scheme of time and space. From the coastal shores our progenitors sat around night fires and wondered about the stars above them.
My answer to the question was in a nutshell—
“What we see from earth is only a dim reflection of the glories and sublime realities out there beyond our reach. How can a mere human define the Cosmos? It is beyond definition… However, there is something in us which longs for the mysteries swirling above us….We humans want to touch the limitless horizons out there.”
I was so happy in 1980 when Carl Sagan’s Cosmos aired on PBS. I felt that of anyone understood my answer, it was Carl Sagan.
In the introduction to the series, Doctor Sagan eloquently said,
“The cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be.
Our contemplations of the cosmos stir us.
There is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as of a distant memory of falling from a great height.
We know we are approaching the grandest of mysteries.
The size and age of the cosmos are beyond ordinary human understanding. Lost somewhere between immensity and eternity is our tiny planetary home, the Earth.”
May you never allow another human being to limit your definition of the cosmos or your potential on this planet traversing the cosmos. Embrace the reality which is out there.
Enjoy the journey. The cosmic ocean is before us with its infinite majesty and mysteries so grand and dazzling.
“Because the cosmos is also within us.
We’re made of star-stuff.
We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.
The journey for each of us begins here.”
G. D. Williams © 2015
COSMOS 1980 Carl Sagan’s Introduction