Dr. Tyson gives his “greatest sermon ever” in the form of story, empowerment, and influence through discussion of the scientific principles that make us and our universe tick. As astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson says: He didn’t chose the universe, the universe called upon him.
He makes a beautiful contrast between the scale of the universe and how it makes us feel, whether it be small or large. If we feel small compared to our universe, it is our egos that are at fault. We see ourselves much bigger than we actually are, and the universe only threatens this image. As Dr. Tyson says, the universe makes him feel large. His feeling of largeness originates from the poetic composition of ourselves in relation to the cosmos, and this was apparent as he said, “We are star dust.”
Lessons like Dr. Tyson’s should inspire the same awe that religion is known for. The eloquence and visual impact of his words certainly open my eyes to the magnificence of the cosmos, and hopefully they do the same to yours. Listen to his words, for they are some of the most profound and enlightening ones you may ever hear. If every human had the privilege of knowing this information, the entire human condition would be different.