Today is Carl Sagan Day!
To celebrate, I baked this pumpkin pie, complete with pastry crust appliques evocative of the cosmos. I've really out-nerded myself this time.
If you're not familiar with Carl, he was an American astronomer, astrophysicist, author and cosmologist. He was an agnostic and freethinker. His infectious sense of wonder, enthusiasm and conviction popularized science and for many, he converted science's hard lines into poetry; beautiful, true and awe-inspiring. When you love someone, you want to yell it from the roof-tops. You could say Carl Sagan yelled from the rooftops about the universe.
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If you've been reading for a while, you may have already figured this out: I don't believe in God. I'm hesitant to talk about something so personal, but then I think of all the lifestyle/fashion/mommy/cutesy blogs I love and recall the countless times they praise the lord. I don't mind, really. I get it. When you love something, you want to yell it from the rooftops. Likewise, I shouldn't be shy to share what I believe in and what I know to be true. Science has saved me countless times. It saved me when my dog died. I may not ever see him again, but I find solace in the fact that he's all around me, in the ground and in my lungs. He's star stuff, as Carl would say. Science also saves me from myself, when I am being trivial, feeling sorry for myself or take my life for granted. I remember that my life is all I have, so I'm encouraged to be a better person and make the most of it for myself and the people that I love. My husband even worked in excerpt from Sagan's A Pale Blue Dot into our wedding vows, to emphasize this very point. Sagan's essays on religion, or lack thereof, have been most inspirational to me.
So. I'm not going to elaborate much more, but in honor of Carl, I'd like to share this video on the subject. I found it to be particularly moving.
Happy Carl Sagan Day!