Well, here’s an essay that will shake up your Ego (click HERE). This is written by Neil deGrasse Tyson; you’ve seen him if you watch NOVA Science Now, but his main gig is as an astrophysicist and he’s the Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History in NYC. I absolutely adore his outlook and perspective. This essay, written in 2007, really makes me think about the absurdity of the human mind. There are more than six billion humans on Earth; many of them struggle daily to survive while others haven’t worked a day in their lives. Many have no food or clean water while others kill each other over borders, money, and whose God is the better God. When you look at our place in the Universe, you realize how insignificant many of our “problems” are. How much time/effort/resources are wasted on things that only matter because we decide they should matter? Here’s a quote:

As grown-ups, dare we admit to ourselves that we, too, have a collective immaturity of view? Dare we admit that our thoughts and behaviors spring from a belief that the world revolves around us? Apparently not. And the evidence abounds. Part the curtains of society’s racial, ethnic, religious, national, and cultural conflicts, and you find the human ego turning the knobs and pulling the levers.

Now imagine a world in which everyone, but especially people with power and influence, holds an expanded view of our place in the cosmos. With that perspective, our problems would shrink—or never arise at all—and we could celebrate our earthly differences while shunning the behavior of our predecessors who slaughtered each other because of them.

Mr. Tyson is more eloquent and thoughtful than I dare dream being. I will return to read this essay often.

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