The Lesson

Our astonishing journey leads here to

The Lesson:

We come,  from the stars. 

We are the star people.

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Understanding comes, bright like the dawn:
The universe has grown a mind - ours.
We have become aware - conscious.

Becoming aware,
 we now set out to explore this vast universe
equipped with only a tiny monkey brain
and a lifespan short as the blink of an eye.

Are we, as Carl poses: Capable of greatness?


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 countless worlds beyond the clouds - planets, stars and galaxies. They had no knowledge of the tiny cells within our bodies - that make up all life. Their worldview was magic and superstition - like a stage with some angry puppetmaster pulling the strings - a world of gods and goddesses, angels and demons, heavens and hells.  And they thought that the Earth and its humans were the center of the 
universe.

That world is gone now. Now we know that reality reaches far beyond our little planet,
in a universe grander than what we imagined, perhaps beyond what we can imagine.
As we learn more and more, small wonder scientists are astonished and so emotional.

Thus we learn: science informs our hearts as much as our brains.
There are great forces at work in our universe, including:
          Concrete physical forces - that hold the earth and stars together, and
          Abstract life forces - that hold life together.

          Gravity binds the stars and galaxies together, and
          Love binds life together.

First, About physical forces - solid, concrete, powerful :

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.

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

Second, About life forces - abstract, emotions, thoughts, and just as powerful:

Life came from the stars,
    launching us on a surprising journey.
Each of us must let go of that 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.

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

We are still struggling to understand the forces of life and love:
How all living things feel a mighty force called kinship,
How trees care for their seedlings like mothers nursing their babies,

Although we may seem quite solid,
        we are actually made of hopes and dreams:

Despite our shortcomings,
our brains and hearts make us
the monkey that dreams 

We sailed out in the morning
As the winter turns to spring
Undestined and unknowing
Of what tomorrow brings
Towards the blue horizon
Leaving all we have behind
Our yearning hearts will guide us to find

A dream we carry with us
And the hopes that we hold
As we rise from the ash into gold
We reach for the impossible
As unreal it may seem
Still we sail 'cross the ocean
And follow the dream

The moon and stars above us
Will lead us to the shore
My heart will be my compass
And you will be my north
We forecast stormy weather
And pro-and-con our moves
But what have we achieved ...

A dream we carry with us
And the hopes that we hold
As we rise from the ash into gold
We reach for the impossible
As unreal it may seem
We will sail 'cross the ocean
And capture the dream

One day arriving
Behind the far blue
Where you'll find me waiting
And I will find you too

A dream we carry with us
And the hopes that we hold
As we rise from the ash into gold
We reach for the impossible
As unreal it may seem
We will sail 'cross the ocean
And become the dream

  —  Secret Garden - The Dream 

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Who  comes?
We come,  from the stars.
We are the star people.

Just as gravity binds the stars together,
love binds life together.

Rise up, follow me
I will lead you home.

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Finally: >>>> Now We Are Free

© Gareth Harris 2019                                      Email: garethharris@mac.com                  See also: ThinkingTalkingComputing.com