January 25, 2015
Mind-bending, perspective-altering, fact-startling perfection. From the moment you begin reading this to the moment you finish it, you recognise just how crucial a read this is for all members of the human race.
Carl Sagan is more than a scientist, astro-physicist, cosmos-contemplating sentient, he’s a masterful poet and craftsman, stringing together the overwhelming task of making sense of who we are and where we sit in the largest of all contexts; the cosmos. Read this and you’ll be forever changed. You’ll wonder why you spend the majority of your time on Earth trapped in rootless desire, painful anguish and meaningless pursuit of invisible things and feelings. Put in the context of what surrounds us, how fragile we are, how little time and space we occupy, you’ll witness your ego come crashing down and something overtly spiritual and communal take its place.
Cosmos is one of those reads that beats to a pulp any other casual guide on mindfulness, spirituality or self-help; it delivers just the cold hard facts of existence (well, based on what was known in the late 70′s anyway) and in doing so supersedes any modern day populist effort designed to make us feel better and promote someone’s agenda or fortify their fleeting fame.