A Cosmic Perspective

Much has been said about the ‘Allah controversy’ and attacks on churches back in Malaysia. Many have offered historical, theological and socio-political perspectives on the religious tensions that have been brewing since the high court overturned the government’s ban on the use of the word ‘Allah’ by non-Muslims. And I am glad that Malaysians of all faiths are making their voices heard in standing up for justice and unity.

I do not want to come across as being escapist, but I think it helps sometimes to take a step back and look at things from a broader perspective – and here I am talking VERY BROAD! Through all the pain and anguish, I found it exhilirating to be able to contemplate upon our human place in the cosmos.

I therefore share this piece of music by Symphony of Science, whose sampling of quotes from famous scientists such as Carl Sagan, Michio Kaku and Richard Dawkins offers us a scientific perspective on things. It reminds us of how far we’ve come as a species and the fragility of it all.

With every century
Our eyes on the universe have been opened anew
We are witness
To the very brink of time and space

We must ask ourselves
We who are so proud of our accomplishments
What is our place in the cosmic perspective of life?

The exploration of the cosmos
Is a voyage of self discovery
As long as there have been humans
We have searched for our place in the cosmos

Are there things about the universe
That will be forever beyond our grasp?
Are there things about the universe that are
Ungraspable?

One of the great revelations of space exploration
Is the image of the earth, finite and lonely
Bearing the entire human species
Through the oceans of space and time

Matter flows from place to place
And momentarily comes together to be you
Some people find that thought disturbing
I find the reality thrilling

As the ancient mythmakers knew
We’re children equally of the earth and the sky
In our tenure on this planet, we’ve accumulated
Dangerous evolutionary baggage

We’ve also acquired compassion for others,
Love for our children,
And a great soaring passionate intelligence
The clear tools for our continued survival

We could be in the middle
Of an inter-galactic conversation
And we wouldn’t even know

We’ve begun at last
To wonder about our origins
Star stuff contemplating the stars
Tracing that long path

Our obligation to survive and flourish
Is owed not just to ourselves
But also to that cosmos
Ancient and vast, from which we spring

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One thought on “A Cosmic Perspective

  1. Hey bro, thanks for leaving that comment on my blog 🙂 My sentiments exactly when I hear of the 4 circles, but after looking at it in more detail, it sounds real good.

    Good to know you are doing ok in Australia, though it means u will not get the chance to interact with Ron Choong another buff of science/theology who will be in Msia soon

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