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Apple pies and astronomy

I was watching this video some weeks ago and remembered how much I loved Carl Sagan ever since I was a kid. |-)

His famous quote: “If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”

That’s been running in my head a lot lately. So I relegated it to the creative voices in the back of my head to go chew on while I go do something else, like trying to run the rest of my life. Sometimes it’s like a peanut gallery back there.

Some of the comments that fell off the other end of my brain:

“Uhhhhh… that sounds like WAY the heck too much work.”

“Does that work the same way for cupcakes? What if you had a microwave?”

“Man, we’ve got ENOUGH problems without having to go gathering up all individual atoms and quarks and electrons and try to put them all together in the correct order just to get freaking STARTED on the first @#$%! grain of sugar… much less a whole apple pie! Can’t we just go to the grocery store?”

“Errr… you realize that the universe already did the work of inventing apple trees and cinnamon and eggs and wheat grains and ovens and nice bakery people… plus all the other relevant stuff. So we don’t have go to all THAT much trouble, right? When you really think about it, that’s actually kinda cool.”

That last one made me stop… and realize, y’know that’s actually true. Something “greater than us” (insert with respect your own personal beliefs here) already did a heck of a lot of work in inventing all that stuff. Now we have the means to perceive it, appreciate it, furthering the creativity of it, like making apple pies. We don’t have to do all that work. It’s already here.

I’m not sure why, but that actually feels kinda positive somehow.

It’s a very comforting thought… and I don’t know why.

Whatever it is, I appreciate that unexpected comfort. :)

“A still more glorious dawn awaits
Not a sunrise, but a galaxy rise
A morning filled with 400 billion suns
The rising of the Milky Way…”

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