vendredi 1 février 2019

Why is Learning Astronomy a Character-Building Experience?

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Men of considerable wisdom and venerable esteem have often talked about the beauty and magnificence of learning astronomy and how it can be a humbling experience for those who embark upon the journey.
Why is learning astronomy a character-building experience?
“There is a wide, yawning black infinity. In every direction, the extension is endless; the sensation of depth is overwhelming.
And the darkness is immortal. Where light exists, it is pure, blazing, fierce; but light exists almost nowhere, and the blackness itself is also pure and blazing and fierce.” – Carl Sagan

When we seek the knowledge held in the sky and the infinity of the deep and dark space, we begin to realize how small and insignificant we are, compared to the vastness of the existence.
Galaxies are born, and within them hundreds of millions of stars shine against the blackness that engulfs them. Stars live and die by the millions, and every atom of this infinity tells stories of how wonderful and unlikely the whole of universe and creation is.
All the while this pestilent creature in existence capable of will and thought looks out to the skies in the middle of a calm and peaceful night, and thinks about his place among these bright stars.

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When we see the world and life from a larger scale, that of a distant dying star, so far away that the Earth looks like a speck of dust, we begin to realize how unimportant and ludicrous our difficulties seem compared to the greatness of existence.
Every struggle, every fight, every compulsion to hate or hurt, every motivation to have power upon people, every urge to inflict cruelty and cowardice unto others, and every blissful and toxic relationship or experience of any kind appears to be insignificant from that vantage point.
If you saw your life through the space time continuum and realized how limited your chance is to live for a while, and how momentary your life is compared to the age of the universe, would you still be eager or fervent to make the same mistakes that you have always made? Or hurt other people to meet your own ends?
No, studying the deep and endless space will only bring one thing out of you; the humility to understand the value of life and live every moment as best as you possibly can.

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Our pride, insecurity, hatred, and prejudice all seem to disappear when we embrace the humility that comes with seeking the knowledge of the stars and studying them to understand the truths of existence.
You do not have to be a scientist to consider learning about the stars and our universe.
The Earth, as complicated and vast as it might seem from here, is nothing compared to the infinity of the universe.
Learning about our universe can greatly affect your outlook on life and give you perspective beyond anything you can imagine.
Let us give ourselves a chance to speculate about our place in the endless cosmos!
A BIG HUG!
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