Dear Neil deGrasse Tyson, Thank You for Cosmos and All Your Poetry

Some of the greatest poetry is revealing to the reader the beauty in something that was so simple you had taken it for granted.
Neil deGrasse Tyson

I have long been a fan of Neil deGrasse Tyson, not only because I too at an early age fell in love with the stars from a visit at Montreal’s Planetarium or because astrophysics was my favorite class in CEGEP, but because I was always pleasantly amused, deeply touched and often left in awe by the grace and poetic ease with which he taught the science of the universe and the origins of life. For a taste of his linguistic prowess, you may want to watch this video where his interviews were mixed into a rap about the universe.

Watching Cosmos, hosted by Tyson, I was once again reminded that it wasn’t the science alone that I was so passionately responding to; it was the inherent message about life itself that was revealed in each principle explained. Because what Tyson and Cosmos do is remind us of one of life’s simplest and yet most often neglected truth: we are all intimately and irrevocably fundamentally connected not only to each other but to life itself.

Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers of high mass stars that exploded their chemically rich guts into the galaxy, enriching pristine gas clouds with the chemistry of life. So that we are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically. That’s kinda cool! That makes me smile and I actually feel quite large at the end of that. It’s not that we are better than the universe, —> Read More