Carl Sagan: We who embody the local eyes and ears and thoughts and feelings of the cosmos

 

And we who embody the local eyes and ears and thoughts and feelings of the cosmos we’ve begun, at last, to wonder about our origins. Star stuff, contemplating the stars, organized collections of 10 billion-billion-billion atoms contemplating the evolution of matter, tracing that long path by which it arrived at consciousness here on the planet Earth and perhaps, throughout the cosmos.

– Carl Sagan, Cosmos, episode 13

 

Carl Sagan: We are a way for the cosmos to know itself

 

We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.

– Carl Sagan

And that is literally true. We are – quite literally – the cosmos knowing itself.

We are the local eyes, ears, feelings and thoughts of the universe, bringing itself into awareness.

As a kid, this shifted my perception of everything, and it still does. It brings a sense of awe into the most ordinary of experiences and activities.

Gods and people

 

It’s said that men may not be the dreams of Gods, but that the Gods are the dreams of men.

– Carl Sagan, Cosmos

Words – including any form of philosophy – can be helpful (a) as a way to identify beliefs, and (b) as pointers for own exploration.

So I can say that reality (God) dreams up a world, this world, what’s here. That dream includes images of being a human and identification as that image. And as this apparent human, reality dreams up a wide range of Gods, all images and projections of what’s already here.

And that’s not really helpful until I explore it for myself, for instance through The Work, sense field explorations, or the Living Inquiries.

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It is said that men may not be the dream of gods….

 

It is said that men may not be the dreams of the gods, but rather that the gods are the dreams of men.
– Carl Sagan in Cosmos, The Edge of Forever

Both may be true.

Men are the dream of gods. This human self, and all human selves, appear within and as awareness, within and as capacity for all there is.

Am I within content of experience, or is experience within me?

Gods are the dreams of men. Our images of gods – of anything – are images only. They are our dream.

When we take them as true, they seem real. When we see them as images only, they are just that – images.

Compassion and meaning through the story of evolution

 

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A friend of mine is a psychologist, and in a recent conversation, she expressed a dislike for evolutionary psychology. In her view, it justifies a cynical and sometimes brutal view on humans.

As any story, the story of evolution is a tool, and it can be used in many different ways.

It is true, some have used a particularly distorted versions of Social Darwinism to justify brutality and injustice. The Nazis are probably the most extreme example.

And yet, the story of evolution can also be used with great wisdom and compassion, as a support for ourselves and others, and even for non-human species and future generations. And more and more scientists, psychologists and others are catching on to this.

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