Professor J's Place

22 October, 2009

The Wonder of It All

When I was returning to school, I took a Biology course just to get my science requirement out of the way. Little did I know that I would fall in love with life itself. Understanding the process of photosynthesis was like decoding a high modernist poem. It was complex and simple and glorious.

And then I took Geology. It wasn't just the nature of breathing things that was amazing--it was the rocks themselves. It was life itself.

"We are all connected," says Neil deGrasse Tyson, "To each other, biologically; to the earth, chemically; to the rest of the universe, atomically."

Yesterday, a friend of mine found out that her brother had died.

I do not know about god or the afterlife or anything of the sort. But I know that life is a miracle. I know that energy does not end. I know that we "are the stuff of stars."

And I thank these good men for reminding me.