Tuesday, August 24, 2010

We found each other in the cosmos, and that was wonderful

Sir C & Me

"When my husband died, because he was so famous and known for not being a believer, many people would come up to me-it still sometimes happens-and ask me if Carl changed at the end and converted to a belief in an afterlife. They also frequently ask me if I think I will see him again. Carl faced his death with unflagging courage and never sought refuge in illusions. The tragedy was that we knew we would never see each other again. I don’t ever expect to be reunited with Carl. But, the great thing is that when we were together, for nearly twenty years, we lived with a vivid appreciation of how brief and precious life is. We never trivialized the meaning of death by pretending it was anything other than a final parting. Every single moment that we were alive and we were together was miraculous-not miraculous in the sense of inexplicable or supernatural. We knew we were beneficiaries of chance… . That pure chance could be so generous and so kind… . That we could find each other, as Carl wrote so beautifully in Cosmos, you know, in the vastness of space and the immensity of time… . That we could be together for twenty years. That is something which sustains me and it’s much more meaningful… . The way he treated me and the way I treated him, the way we took care of each other and our family, while he lived. That is so much more important than the idea I will see him someday. I don’t think I’ll ever see Carl again. But I saw him. We saw each other. We found each other in the cosmos, and that was wonderful.”

- Ann Druyan, talking about her husband, Carl Sagan


  1. So beautiful.

    I do hope that I will see people again someday, however. While I do my best to appreciate everyone and my time with them in the here and now, I think that hope that we may one day be reunited is something I'll hold onto, because if there is nothing after death, I won't be disappointed, will I? :)

  2. Way to make me teary at my desk! That's so beautiful and sad. I feel the same way about an afterlife, but often wish I didn't just so I didn't have to think about the finality of death.

  3. I love this! Ahhh fellow Atheist here btw and this quote is amazing, one of my new favorites!