Empathy and Astrophysics: We Are One

Last updated on 9 July 2021

Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson once said that the most astounding fact about the universe is that the atoms of which you and I are made come from the same place as the atoms that make up all of the life and matter on Earth and beyond. We are woven from the same fabric as all the moons, planets, stars, and galaxies in the entire universe.

We Are Connected

In the same interview, Dr. Tyson goes on to mention a kind of cosmic connectivity that brings us all together; not only with each other but with everything everywhere. This idea is also present in Mindfulness practice, especially in loving-kindness meditation, where we visualize extending acceptance and compassion to all life in the universe.

From the homeless person on the street to your own mother; from Mahatma Gandhi to the textile factory worker in Bangladesh; from the stray dog in your local shelter to the person with whom you’ve fallen in love, You are connected to the entire universe.

So Let’s Be Inspired

Max Schlickenmeyer created this beautiful video (on Vimeo) to Dr. Tyson’s explanation of that astounding fact. While you take it in, I challenge you to reflect on everyone you influence and everyone who influences you. Does the idea that we’re all just threads in the same tapestry change the way you feel about them?

The Most Astounding Fact - Max Schlickenmeyer


Thanks a million, Hester Bruikman, for sending me this video!