Billions and billions . . .

Carl_Sagan_Planetary_Society. . . of stars. I can still hear the late Carl Sagan saying that on his iconic TV program Cosmos,  so I got a little thrill when I saw this story from Phoenix:

An atheist state lawmaker tasked with delivering the opening prayer for this afternoon’s session of the House of Representatives asked that people not bow their heads.

Democratic Representative Juan Mendez, of Tempe, instead spoke about his “secular humanist tradition” and even quoted author Carl Sagan.

Mendez said:

“I would like to ask that you not bow your heads. I would like to ask that you take a moment to look around the room at all of the men and women here, in this moment, sharing together this extraordinary experience of being alive and of dedicating ourselves to working toward improving the lives of the people in our state.”

. . . “Carl Sagan once wrote, ‘For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love.'”

 

 

5 responses to “Billions and billions . . .

  1. Beautiful, Moe, just beautiful!

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  2. . . . “Carl Sagan once wrote, ‘For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love.’”

    Im wondering, how can you argue with that one……………Im waiting for the shoe to drop though. 😉

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    • Oh, It dropped already t4t: yesterday’s chosen ‘invoker’ said a second prayer to, he said, ‘make up for’ the day before.

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      • Moe, really? Some days I wish I was young again, then I could just punch em and exclaim “youthful ignorance” 🙂

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  3. Think of Oklahoma and appreciate how small we are in this universe and appreciate that we have no control over it’s forces. That’s why it’s so important to remember … “the vastness is bearable only through love”. Thank you Carl Sagan.

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