"The more we understand ourselves and the universe, the more magnificent it is."
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Humans do not like unanswered questions. We always feel the need to provide an answer, even if it's just a placeholder.
In particular, the future tortures us, because we want to be able to predict what will happen. But being able to tolerate ambiguity is an important skill.
The Universe fills with awe and wonder. The more we understand it, the more magnificent it seems.
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About Sasha Sagan: SashaSagan is a native of Ithaca, New York and a graduate of NYU. She has worked as a television producer, filmmaker, writer, and speaker in the U.S. and abroad. Her essays and interviews on death, history, and ritual through a secular lens have appeared in The Cut, O, the Oprah Magazine, Literary Hub, Atmos and beyond. She is a contributing editor for the British fashion magazine Violet Book. Sasha regularly speaks on ways science can inform the celebrations and how we mark the passage of time, inspired in part by the work of her parents, CarlSagan and Ann Druyan.
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