Finding Joy: Brian Cox on “Why We Need the Explorers”

Today, I’d like to take a moment to encourage our minds to be opened up to the enormity of the incredible world in which we live and the universe that miraculous world sits in. Below I’ve included one of my favorite Ted Talks of all time. Brian Cox is a globally known physicist who has a truly wonderful way of speaking on the value of exploration and the beautiful strangeness of our universe. Watch as he lovingly and succinctly describes why we need explorers and the benefits they bring to current and future humanity:

I love the quote Cox includes from the late Carl Sagan:

“Consider again that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it, everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you’ve ever heard of, every human being who ever has lived out their lives. The aggregates of joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there, on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.”

– Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot

We exist, today, experiencing something we have observed to be rare and special in this universe: life! We are conscious, and we are capable of recognizing how truly exceptional being alive is. We are also lucky enough to live through a time where we are aware of the vastness of our universe, and the tenuous nature of our existence here on earth. What a treasure we’ve been given, to exist on this planet full of life and life-giving nature.

You are special. Your life is special. I hope you enjoy this day on our little “mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.”

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