…the vastness is bearable only through love.
Its been 10 years since Carl Sagan left us. This man had a profound effect on my life. He opened my young eyes to the glories of science and knowledge through that benchmark series, Cosmos. I am listening to the audio version of Pale Blue Dot as I read this. The truth of his words, his insight, the knowledge (and the passion he uses to convey it), all still resonate as strongly as they did to a lonely 14 year old geek girl, in her room at night, watching the flickering magic of Cosmos unfold universes – of space, time, science, knowledge, and the joy of learning – before me. It influenced my life and thought. I suspect my passion for Linux (and Free Open Source Software) can be traced to his passion for the open sharing of knowledge.
Every advance in space exploration I see, I think of Carl, and how his enthusiasm would have made these advances even more exciting. My joy in such things is thus poignant. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
The blogosphere shows how deeply he reached so many of us. There is a tribute to Carl Sagan blog movement that I posted about earlier. Here is what his son, Nick (who has an excellent blog too!) has to say. The blogosphere will be busy with Sagan posts on the 20th. Due to time differences, I get to start earlier than most.
So thank you, Carl. Thank you for the joy. For the gift of learning I now share with my children. For everything Carl, for the gifts to me, my family, and most of all, humanity, my deepest love and gratitude.