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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.


Blogger Evensong said...

I don't know what happens next either, Karen, but every Sunday we say together "We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come." Looking is very different from knowing ...

Great video!

October 22, 2009 at 11:38 AM  
Blogger Susan Carlin said...

Beautiful said. I'm sorry for your friend's loss, and I imagine you're feeling it with her. Hope you surround yourself with life-affirming people and experiences and take care of yourself and your friend.

October 22, 2009 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger Mike Golch said...

Great video,thanks for sharing it.

October 22, 2009 at 7:53 PM  
Blogger Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I feel the same way about it that you do.

I'm sorry for your loss.

October 22, 2009 at 8:43 PM  
Blogger Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

Seekers are more interesting (and palatable) than knowers.

I'll be keeping you and your friend in my heart.

October 24, 2009 at 12:20 AM  
Blogger Laura/CenterDownHome said...

Karen, you expressed just how I feel. We're all connected, but we get into trouble when we try to put that into boxes -- to define it, and make rules and religions. I liked this 'Symphony of Science', too! It's stuck in my head!

October 26, 2009 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger Tui said...

Thanks! Such a passionate bunch, they are. I love science! :)

October 31, 2009 at 4:03 PM  
Blogger Cheri @ Blog This Mom!® said...

Just checking in.

You're probably on Facebook more often, huh? I seem to only do random drive-by visits there.


November 23, 2009 at 12:50 AM  

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