The Lesson

Our astonishing journey leads here to

The Lesson:

We come from the stars. 

We are the star people.

Our ancestors thought the world was a small, flat patch of earth floating between primordial waters and the sky above. They had no knowledge of planets, stars and galaxies - or countless worlds beyond the clouds. They had no knowledge of the tiny cells that make up our bodies and all life. Their worldview was a stage with some angry puppetmaster pulling the strings - a world of gods and goddesses, angels and demons, unicorns and fairies, magic and superstition.  And they thought that the Earth and its humans were the center of the 

Time to grow up!!
Now we have learned that reality reaches far beyond our little planet,
in a universe grander than what we imagined, perhaps beyond what we can imagine.
And that there are great 
forces at work in our universe, including:

    Gravity - that holds the earth and stars together, and
    Love - that holds life together.

First, About physical forces:

We live in a dynamic universe powered by change.
Everything changes: 
     planets, stars and galaxies - 
         atoms, molecules and cells - 
             flowers, trees and people.
There is life here. There is love here. . . . and mysteries.
We come, we go. Everything comes, everything goes. 
It’s natural. It’s astonishing. It’s even beautiful.

Yes, our universe is held together by mighty forces:
    gravity, electromagnetism, nuclear forces. 
These lead to small things: atoms, molecules, to cells and us living things.
Also to giant things: whales, planets, stars, even systems of galaxies.
All spanning billions of years of space and time, trillions of galaxies, countless stars.

Second, About emotional and intellectual forces:

Life has a restless yearning called love: 
    our desire to belong, connect -
       to connect to each other, and
           to belong 
here, in this place.

We are still struggling to understand the mighty forces of life and love:
How all living things feel a mighty force called kinship,
How a tree cares for its seedlings like a mother holding her baby to her breast,

Love holds life together like gravity holds the earth and stars together.

For small creatures such as we,
the vastness [of this universe]
is bearable only through love."

— Carl Sagan & Ann Druyan


We're only beginning to know this amazing place.
    There is more here, far beyond our ken,
      more than we know,
         maybe more than we can understand.

The stars made
    the iron pounding in our blood,
        the calcium in our bones,
            the air we breathe.

Life came from the stars,
    launching us on a surprising journey.
Each of us must let go of life one day,
    setting it free to return to the stars.

Life has a restless yearning called love: 
    our desire to belong, connect -
       to connect to each other, and
           to belong 
here, in this place.

When we look into one of life's faces - someone we love,
     we connect to life - and love - eternal.




benedictus qui venit in nomine domini = blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord

We come  from the stars.

We are the star people.

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