Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Universe and Spirituality

SHERO on Spirituality: 

I speak of spirituality in the context of us being connected to each other and to the universe. Thus if we hurt someone we are in turn hurting ourselves. This is not a notion of sitting under a willow tree and singing Kumbaya and wishing the ailments of the world to go away. This is about the reality based on science that we are connected and share a universal energy as we share Hydrogen, Helium, Oxygen, Carbon and Nitrogen. In the words of my favourite Astrophysicist Dr. Neil Degrasse #neiltyson "Not only do we exist in the universe but the universe itself exists within us... When you look up at the night sky it's not that we are here and that's there, we are a part of that" If you ever feel disconnected and feel like you don't belong all you have to do is remind yourself of this fact. These elements that we share don't have a clue about race, nationality, beliefs. It's not just blood that we share in common it's every fiber of our being... the irony is that we think that one race is better than another, one gender has more rights than another, one country has more rights than another... When did we give ourselves the right to become so arrogant? Learning about the Universe doesn't make you an atheist, it should make you humble.