May 27, 2017
Astro physicist Neil Degrasse Tyson, observed “Humans are the only mammals that look up.” There are a few exceptions of course, but mainly he is correct. It is in our DNA to see beyond our small patch of earth, to include it in the greater landscape. The universe is part of our daily life whether we notice it or not. Since childhood, my own sense of the greater Reality has been developed from looking up at the stars and wondering who was looking back.
There are those who would argue that we need to focus on earth and her problems before we even think about space. But Tyson and others believe that by expanding our sense of “home” to include the universe, we will also expand our use of intelligence to solve our problems here on this tiny planet. We simply need a broader sense of place. In fact, another astrophysicist, Carl Sagan said “The question humans need to ask is not Who am I, but Where are we?”
We are in a system of the invisible appearing as the visible. We are part of the glorious activity of pure Intelligence. We are the by-products of an irresistible urge to become. We are citizens of the universe and by extension, participants in its becoming. Where are we? We are at the Center of Reality, as is every star, planet, galaxy and constellation.
Would we deny the Intelligence that is apparently undergirding the whole thing? Would we exclude ourselves from its intention to be revealed? Looking at the world today we see the effects of those who never look up, who cannot see beyond their damaged egos. Science is an important aspect of our 21st century spirituality.
The fault is not in the stars, but the answers may be.