Sagan And Science Saved My Soul
I'd never heard of this incredible man until a few years ago.
One night, whilst browsing through our cable TV channels, my Dad gasped.
He clicked on a show titled, 'Cosmos'.
'I loved watching this show when I was younger. I'd forgotten about this guy. Watch this, Jibs, you'll love it.'
I watched and I immediately fell in love with the words that flowed from this interesting man's mouth.
It was about this time in my life that I became heavily involved with local, mainly student, secular movements. I was also studying science for the first time at university. I encountered Sagan's 'Pale Blue Dot' shortly after his Cosmos series. I was shocked and felt like this man was articulating thoughts that I hadn't yet been able to feel. It was, dare I say, enlightening.
I've tried to adopt many of Sagan's philosophies in my little life. Whenever I'm feeling overwhelmed with my petty issues, I watch Pale Blue Dot, or read some of my second-hand copy of Cosmos and put things into perspective. There's something incredibly beautiful and real about realising my insignificance.
For my fellow Saganites, if you haven't yet viewed this Carl-inspired video, I suggest you do: