I found this incredibly beautiful; a realistic love story, and a true appreciation of fleeting life:

By Ann Druyan, wife of Carl Sagan

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 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 be 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 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.

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Tags: Cosmos, afterlife, chance, conversion, death, love

Comment by archaeopteryx on June 25, 2013 at 11:55pm

Wow!

Comment by Ray R. on June 26, 2013 at 12:50am
Very moving , beautifully written .
Comment by M.M. on June 26, 2013 at 2:19am

The amazing Carl Sagan would of course have an amazing partner.

Comment by Mike 2000 on June 26, 2013 at 8:44am

It should be noted that chance and randomness do not exist, but are concepts used in analyzing large amounts of data.

Comment by Unseen on June 26, 2013 at 9:26am

The Un-one does not get misty much, but that piece did it.

Comment by archaeopteryx on June 26, 2013 at 10:40am

That's because Misty is married, you pervert!

Comment by Cara Coleen on June 26, 2013 at 10:53am

^LIKE haha :)

Comment by Wesley on June 26, 2013 at 7:00pm

Is this taken from the article on CSI?  http://www.csicop.org/si/show/ann_druyan_talks_about_science_religion/  I have been posting links to this one to all my friends for years.   Its a great article.

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on June 26, 2013 at 7:03pm

I remembered this TA video from a GodlessBoy

Comment by Wesley on June 26, 2013 at 7:33pm

That was a damn 'smack down' on that video Reg..  I remember watching those 'Beyond Belief' lectures when they first came out.

 

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