Suspended in a Sunbeam

We can judge our progress by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers, our willingness to embrace what is true rather than what feels good.

―Carl Sagan

I could quote Carl Sagan nonstop. I could make this whole post out of his quotes. I’m trying not to.

As I’ve stated before, disequilibrium is uncomfortable. We want our truths to be constant and steadfast. Our core can be rocked by the slightest tremor in a foundation of belief. It is easier that way, much as it is easier to believe in purpose and direction than it is to believe in chaos and aimlessness.

But discomfort is wise. Why is perhaps the question we never let go of from birth to death. Expanding our why into the scope of existence and the universe we are infinitesimally small in leads to great discomfort indeed. We are enormous beings in our minds, giants who rule this pale blue dot on a “mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”

Our world is so tremendously small in the perspective of everything to the point that we can’t even fathom HOW small… and yet, everything is of great and dire importance. Our lives matter. And yet we blink and are gone. There must be more because we want there to be more. But is there? What is comfortable and easy is not always what is true. Those flickers in the corner of your eye should be explored. The dark shadows of existence that we cannot see without a torch – or perhaps even with a torch – should be flown into in search of truth. We should search, we should explore, look far into the unknown. Why? Because there’s more. Isn’t there?

This stunning and fitting composition is by photographer Luke Wait. Check out his instagram for some more amazing captures!

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