On Exploring a Speck as a Stage

A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, our perceptions of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which only in their most primitive forms are accessible to our minds: it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute true religiosity.” (Albert Einstein)

Many descriptors are fitting for Carl Sagan, but to me, the post is about his philosophical side. The universe is more than vast, and Earth is a mere speck on that vastness. Yet, it serves as the stage for everything that is human … the good and the bad … the beautiful and the ugly … the simple and the extravagant … and more.

Each time I watch this video, the images and Sagan’s words transported to the land of personal awe. In this video, Sagan (an agnostic) inspires my Christian spirituality by deepening my concept of creation. I started this series is deep space, and we are working our way to home. Enjoy exploring the Pale Blue Dot, and please share your thoughts.

On Exploring Time and Space


(Note: The Exploring series continues during we continue to prepare our move.)

The previous post began our journey in this Exploring series in deep space. We remain in deep space for this post, but in a philosophical sense of time and space.

Time and space are modes by which we think and not conditions in which we live. (Albert Einstein, Physicist)

Many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased. (John Steinbeck, Writer)

You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space. (Johnny Cash, Musician)

Time and space – time to be alone, space to move about – these may well become the great scarcities of tomorrow. (Edwin Way Teale, Writer)

There are moments of existence when time and space are more profound, and the awareness of existence is immensely heightened. (Charles Baudelaire, Poet)

Nothing puzzles me more than time and space; and yet nothing troubles me less (Charles Lamb, Essayist)

The biggest difference between time and space is that you can’t reuse time” (Merrick Furst, Computer Scientist)

In essence, String Theory describes space and time, matter and energy, gravity and light, indeed all of God’s creation… as music. (Roy H. Williams, Businessman)

Henceforth space by itself, and time by itself, are doomed to fade away into mere shadows, and only a kind of union of the two will preserve an independent reality. (Hermann Minkowski, Mathematician)

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A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. (Albert Einstein, Physicist)

The most violent revolutions in an individual’s beliefs leave most of his old order standing. Time and space, cause and effect, nature and history, and one’s own biography remain untouched. New truth is always a go-between, a smoother-over of transitions. It marries old opinion to new fact so as ever to show a minimum of jolt, a maximum of continuity. (William James, Philosopher)

When time and space and change converge, we find place. We arrive in Place when we resolve things. Place is peace of mind and understanding. Place is knowledge of self. Place is resolution. (Abdullah Ibrahim, Musician)

Even the wildest dreams have to start somewhere. Allow yourself the time and space to let your mind wander and your imagination fly. (Oprah Winfrey, Producer)

Time travel used to be thought of as just science fiction, but Einstein’s general theory of relativity allows for the possibility that we could warp space-time so much that you could go off in a rocket and return before you set out. (Stephen Hawking, Physicist)

…for us physicists believe the separation between past, present, and future is only an illusion, although a convincing one. (Albert Einstein, Physicist)

Did any of those quotes spark a thought? If you had the choice, would you use a time machine to travel ahead or backward in time? If backward in time, who/what would you visit? Enjoy Time Machine by the Alan Parson Project.