Connected in the Universe

My students and friends know what a huge science and scifi geek I am.  I ran across this video of Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson, a scientist I admire, discussing our connection to the Universe.

It reminded me of these two wonderful quotes from Sheri S. Tepper‘s book Six Moon Dance.

We are made of the stuff of stars, given our lives by a living world, given ourselves by time. We are brothers to the trees and sisters to the sun. We are of such glorious stuff we need not carry pain around like a label. Our duty, as living things, to be sure that pain is not our whole story, for we can choose to be otherwise.

Do not dance as a woman would dance, as a man would dance, as legs would dance,but as wings would dance, as these two would dance if they were lovers making a promise that would echo among the galaxies. Do not be bound by gravity, for we will swim weightless within this liquid world. Do not be bound by breath, for we need not breathe, or by thought, for we need not think. Here is only sensation and the need for joy….

Life is so beautiful when we stop to really think about it.  We can all feel big, even when we know just how small we are in the Universe.

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