Thought for the Day : We are Stardust, on the shores of a cosmic ocean. Carl Sagan

Star Stuff


“The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. On this shore we’ve learned most of what we know. Recently, we’ve waded a little way out, maybe ankle-deep, and the water seems inviting. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return, and we can because the #cosmos is also within us. We’re made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself. Our bodies contain three grams of iron, three grams of bright, silver-white magnesium, and smaller amounts of manganese and copper. Proportionate to size, they are among the weightiest atoms in our bodies, and they come from the same source, a long-ago star. There are pieces of star within us all.” • Carl Sagan •

How can we connect to this vast cosmos? Sagan’s answer is both spiritually scientific and scientifically spiritual; “The cosmos is within us. We are made of star stuff,” referring to the stellar origins of the chemical elements of life, which are cooked in the interiors of stars, then released in supernova explosions into interstellar space where they condense into a new solar system with planets, some of which have life that is composed of this star stuff. As Max Ehrmann said –

You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.