A Brief Flicker of Life
In the Vastness of the Cosmic Scene
Please view a stunning film of the extraordinary spectacle of the
expanding universe. This is a gift that the astronomers
have bequeathed to humankind*. It is made possible by their
telescopic lenses, which enable human beings to peer
deeper into the recesses of nature, and thus expand
our understanding of its vastness. This is now brought to
us on our computer screens. No need to visit a planetarium
to appreciate the immensity of nature.
here for this amazing presentation)
Perhaps the astronomers photographs of the universe will awaken
within each person a sense of awe and astonishment, a
kind of "natural piety"-- not of the Gods contrived by our
ancestors in the infancy of the race-- but of the
breathtaking scenes of expanding universes as discovered in
the natural sciences,,,
Perhaps it will inspire an appreciation of our own relative
insignificance in comparison with the majesty of the cosmic
Perhaps it will also awaken a profound awareness of how precious
our lives are in the brief periods of consciousness in which
we breathe, participate in the world of nature, and seek
to understand it....
And perhaps in striving mightily to drink deeply at the well of
life we can untap still more creative
potentialities for fulfillment and satisfaction-- of which
contemplating the wondrous beauty of the cosmic scene is
now an intrinsic part..
*with thanks to astronomer Stu Jordan and his colleagues...
and to Stan F for bringing it to our attention.