Once upon a time, science and I weren’t friends.
It wasn’t its fault. By the time I had entered high school, I developed a fixed mindset against math and all science subjects, due to some negative childhood experiences. I told myself that I wasn’t a “math person”, and believed it well into my adult life.
Then, one day, some years ago, I watched a documentary, and got turned on to science. I discovered that it helped me to understand myself and the world in which we live. However, National Geographic’s new documentary, “Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey”, blew the ball out of the park for me.
Now, I know that science rocks!
In the second episode of Cosmos, I learnt that, based on the design of our human DNA, we share kinship with a number of life forms, including trees, wolves (YAY!), and butterflies. I heard the statement “We’re all connected” so many times, it made me glassy-eyed. Now, I’m excited that scientific evidence confirms that claim. So, when Neil degrasse Tyson, the narrator, said that trees are our long-lost cousins, well, gosh darn it, it made me want to go and hug one!
That wasn’t all. I felt like a kid on a sugar rush when I also discovered that we don’t just live in a universe. We are part of a multiverse! Does your mind feel like imploding, the way mine did?
My favourite Sufi poet, Rumi, expressed it perfectly: “Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”
We are walking microcosms! Our minds are as vast and infinite and creative as the uni—scratch that—multiverse. What does that mean for each of us? For our potential and purpose?
With tremendous insight, Walt Whitman wrote: “The powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.”
So, little universes, what will your verse be?