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image of timelapsed night sky full of stars. text reads: this idea of the universe evolving from energy into simple matter into gradual complexity ... creating us – the complexity and intelligent life that we have today – i don't know what that means, in terms of a soul. i'm just so grateful and that's enough – natalie batalha

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natalie batalha (2018) cosmic imagining, civic pondering. on being with krista tippett
"It took 13.7 billion years for the atoms to come together to create the portal to the universe which is my physical self. So in that statement is this idea, or the fluidity of time and space. And I kind of see it all at once. And I don’t know what “me” is. I just feel part of everything. And I feel such deep gratitude for being able to take this conscious look at the universe — at myself as being part of the universe.
So that perspective, and this idea of the universe evolving from energy into simple matter into gradual complexity into microbes on planet Earth and then, two billion years later, the symbiotic merger of a bacteria and an archaea, to create a eukaryote, which exploded complexity, creating us — the complexity and intelligent life that we have today — that vision and just how improbable is my birth and this opportunity just fills me with deep gratitude and sustains me through the darkest moments.
I don’t know what that means, in terms of a soul. I don’t prescribe to anything more. I don’t need anything more, frankly. I’m completely at home with the idea that I’ve had this ephemeral time here to do this, and I’m just so grateful. And that’s enough."
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image of fireworks in the night sky. text reads: And certainly this picture of the universe as exploding fireworks which went off ten billion years ago invites us to consider the remarkable question of ... whether the whole world – and we with it – be not possibly only a dream of God – pascual jordan
image of timelapsed night sky full of stars. text reads: this idea of the universe evolving from energy into simple matter into gradual complexity ... creating us – the complexity and intelligent life that we have today – i don't know what that means, in terms of a soul. i'm just so grateful and that's enough – natalie batalha