The Grandeur That Makes Us Insignificant

Today I read an excerpt of William Shatner’s memoir, Boldly Go in (gulp!) AARP magazine. In it, he wrote about how he thought his travel into space would be “the next beautiful step to understanding the harmony of the universe.” But it wasn’t. Instead, he felt grief. Shatner found that he much preferred the “entanglement” of humanity, and how we are the only species “aware not only of our insignificance but of the grandeur around us that makes us insignificant.”

It made me think of our efforts to protect and nurture planet Earth and how we are not doing enough to ensure that grandeur survives. We live amongst mountains, valleys, oceans, rivers, lakes, forests, deserts, and other beautiful masterpieces of nature. Against those backdrops, we are insignificant. But our contributions are not. The steps we take today, the education we get and give, can have lasting impact on the grandeur that will hopefully survive long after we are gone.

Photo: Flemington, NJ. 11.3.17 by LA

3 responses to “The Grandeur That Makes Us Insignificant”

  1. So beautifully said. We really do need to do better.

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  2. First of all, I LOVE the AARP magazine lol I didn’t think I would, but it’s so informative.

    Anywho, I just listened to a podcast where they explained how a sense of awe can actually head off anxiety and stress. The psychologist claimed that it may be the reason so many children today have anxiety…they aren’t allowed to go outside, wander around, and experience the wonders of the world.

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    1. I love that thought so much!! An article in another favorite magazine, the Costco magazine, had an interview with a psychologist saying the same thing about childhood depression.

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