Friday, September 21, 2012

"The fact of our own existence is almost too surprising to bear." Richard Dawkins.

I know that I am still in an often vilified minority, but to me at least this recognition of the beauty and complexity of nature is SO much better than anything imagined about the Gods or their God-like  behaviors.

I am sometimes compelled to feel sympathy for those who must view the world around them through the prism of religious faith.  As if they simply cannot enjoy the magnificence of nature without assigning a creator to help them to make sense for that which seems to overwhelm them.

But hey, that's just me.


  1. Anonymous5:05 AM

    It's all beautiful to behold, and this man presents it so well. But, then, we are back to 'life' where a base mankind drives roughshod over his world, takes what's his, leaves the crumbs for the poor, and ignores the universe. That beautiful music in this clip screeches to an ugly stop, because the raping and pillaging of the world started the moment men had intelligent thought.

    Why did it turn out this way? Why do men have to have emotions, feelings, understanding? It would have been easier for us to be like the animals, no guilt or conscience. Why did mankind find itself imbued with intelligence and a sense of right or wrong?

    For us that seek fairness and truth for others, why go through the grief; why not just join the unjust side and live a short life of debauchery and evil? Why is there that something where we want to do right? Where does that come from?

  2. fromthediagonal5:18 AM

    Beautiful... from micro to macro, the Law of the Universe rules the everlasting cycle of Birth, Life and Death. It is both the Creator and the Creation. This I know and it pleases me to be a miniscule part of it all for whatever fraction of time that may be.

  3. WakeUpAmerica5:23 AM

    What makes you think that people of faith don't recognize the beauty and complexity of nature? What makes you think that we don't enjoy the magnificence of nature? And certainly I don't need your misguided sympathy. You seem to have a very narrow view of people of faith. Not all of us take the Bible literally or as an infallible document.

  4. Anonymous5:35 AM

    Forty years ago i wrote "For the soul elates in things beyond the comprehension,yes,even the perception of the body"..........little did I know......

  5. I "lurk" here several times a day but rarely comment. Today I have to tell you Thank You for this beautiful video. There is so much more to say but for now just thank you for sharing.

  6. Anonymous7:54 AM

    No it's not just you.

    Every picture of the cosmos you post means something to you said, it means much more than thinking about god.

  7. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And an outstanding reason for choosing some sort of God or spiritual-type thing to worship--be it J.C. or Allah, be it Yahweh or the Wiccan mother-goddess or the Four Noble Truths or some infrangible set of ethical principles--is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive.

    David Foster Wallace

  8. "But hey, that's just me."

    Nah, Gryph. Me too. I am constantly amazed by the world that surrounds us and have no need to attribute the stunning complexity and beauty to mythology. There is PURPOSE in every aspect of every living thing. The beak of a hummingbird, the frequency of a babies cry, the color of leaves, the structure of a flower, the acute hearing of a dog, the natural insulation of a polar bear, etc. All that is amazing in this world serves a purpose. We as a species have been, and hopefully will continue to, discover what these purposes are.

  9. Anita Winecooler8:11 PM

    You're not the only one. I sometimes wonder if words can adequately convey the complexity and simplicity of the truths shown in this short clip. Somehow "Awesome" just doesn't cover it.


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