"To love someone fiercely, to believe in something with your whole heart, to celebrate a fleeting moment in time, to fully engage in a life that doesn’t come with guarantees — these are risks that involve vulnerability and often pain. But, I’m learning that recognizing and leaning into the discomfort of vulnerability teaches us how to live with joy, gratitude and grace." - Brené Brown
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When my husband [Carl Sagan] died, because he was so famous and known for not being a believer, many people would come up to me — it still sometimes happens — and ask me if Carl changed at the end and converted to a belief in an afterlife. They also frequently ask me if I think I will see him again.
Carl faced his death with unflagging courage and never sought refuge in illusions. The tragedy was that we knew we would never see each other again. I don’t ever expect to be reunited with Carl. But, the great thing is that when we were together, for nearly twenty years, we lived with a vivid appreciation of how brief and precious life is. We never trivialized the meaning of death by pretending it was anything other than a final parting. Every single moment that we were alive and we were together was miraculous — not miraculous in the sense of inexplicable or supernatural. We knew we were beneficiaries of chance… That pure chance could be so generous and so kind… That we could find each other, as Carl wrote so beautifully in Cosmos, you know, in the vastness of space and the immensity of time… That we could be together for twenty years. That is something which sustains me and it’s much more meaningful.
The way he treated me and the way I treated him, the way we took care of each other and our family, while he lived. That is so much more important than the idea I will see him someday. I don’t think I’ll ever see Carl again. But I saw him. We saw each other. We found each other in the cosmos, and that was wonderful."
— Ann Druyan (via whats-out-there)
BAWLING..most incredible thing I’ve read in a lonnnng time. Leaves me speechless
In Carl Sagan’s last interview with Charlie Rose before his death, Carl describes the psychological/emotional influence of his parents’ death and the importance of scientific literacy amongst our culture.
The interview took place in the wake of the publishing of his book he co-wrote with Ann Druyan, "The Demon-Haunted World: Science As A Candle In The Dark”, which the Los Angeles Times referred to as “…a manifesto for clear thought.”
Sagan’s profound and eloquent wisdom of rationality and skepticism couldn’t be more relevant today, as his words echo loudly across the perpetuated symptoms of scientific illiteracy which continue to shackle us…“Personally, I would be delighted if there were a life after death, especially if it permitted me to continue to learn about this world and others, if it gave me a chance to discover how history turns out.”
“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense…(and) We’ve arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology.”
“Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.”…It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”
What an amazing man. I miss you Carl😢
Recommended inspiration: Lawrence Krauss, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Carl Sagan explain our origins…
Very humbling and FACTUAL at the same time
how do people even deal with stress because all i do is lie on the floor in a foetal position and cry
"text me when you get home so i know you’re safe" kinda people are the people i wanna be around
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