Neil DeGrasse Tyson: We Are Small, But We Are Also Big
At the conclusion of an extended weekend that presented global protests against GMO foods and the chemical company Monsanto’s stranglehold on farmers and the world’s genetically modified food supply, much discussion has centered around the sheer scope of the problem, and if there really is a way for the average consumer to make a difference.
It’s a common theme that those at the forefront of social change wrestle with the enormity of any given problem, and the seeming insignificance of their individual participation. What impact could some individual marching with a protest sign or barking into a bullhorn in some small local community possibly have in the global perspective?
In a very real sense, this video from astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson speaks to that. Although here Tyson is speaking beyond a global perspective and instead of the cosmic perspective, the points he makes are very real and applicable. He teaches us to abandon our sense of self, and instead understand that we are ALL a part of something much larger. He affirms that we are all relevant. Perhaps most importantly, he reminds us that we are all connected and that all of our actions – while individual – are enormous in the collective sense. Make sense?
“Because when I look up, in the universe, I know I’m small, but I’m also BIG. I’m big because I’m connected to the universe. And the universe is connected to me.”
Video via BigThink You Tube channel
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