Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Thinking about escaping is an inherently comparative activity coated in relativity. Walking away from something or someone involves going from somewhere to somewhere. It is, in many ways, a deceptive exit. A sleight of hands, hiding way from the roving eyes of whatever torments you. But in walks the expanse of the universe.

Have you ever, like the infamous Cooper from Interstellar, looked up at the sky and wondered at our place in the stars? Unfortunately, I have.

The chain of thought that accompanies this activity is not a pretty sight. Firstly, exploratory curiosity and improbable power – the ability to conquer and claim everything we see. Secondly, rude shock and eventual humility, at realising that what I see, is not even a speck of dust in this huge beach. Thirdly, and lastly, and perhaps, most importantly, perspective and contemplation at understanding who we are, what I am and what is it that we are doing here on this planet. Perhaps we are not meant to figure out the answer to that question or maybe…just maybe, that question is the entire reason why we exist the way we do in the first place.

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