I've just finished watching the new Cosmos series. The beauty of science, of the world around us, of the known and unknown, of the imagined and realized, of the visible and invisible, of the vast tapestry that is the universe and galaxy... I am awestruck and given to the emotional results. Such great beauty brings joy and hope to my heart, fascination to my mind and soul, and a tear to my eye. That we spend so much energy on hate, fear and destruction and not on learning and reaching for the stars, simply breaks my heart. Yet it is healed when I see so many working for the betterment of our species and planet.

We are standing in at a wonderful precipice, one we dare not turn our backs and walk away from.

We stand on the shoulders of giants and luminaries who have set the path and laid the foundations that guide our life today from all those hundreds and thousands of years before. We are ever evolving and learning still the wonders and beauty of what we have accomplished and what has yet to come.

We as a species are limitless in our possibilities if only we dare not get distracted by hate and by greed. We are not American or Chinese or Kurdish or Indian, we are humans and this is our home, we are humans and our knowledge and curiosity are a gift and a calling. A calling to do that which is hard because it is worthy and we are up to the task.

Such beauty and wonder demands and deserves it. I defy anyone to look to the heavens and not see the beauty of our place in the galaxy. I defy anyone who truly thinks for themselves and strives to learn to not feel those emotional pangs of awe and yearning to know more and go farther.

A tear to an eye from the beauty of science is a great gift that shall forever propel us further and higher than we've ever been before.

I love you all, and am gratified that I get to share this life and this world with you.

In the words of such a visionary I share...

"There is no strife, no prejudice, no national conflict in outer space as yet. Its hazards are hostile to us all. Its conquest deserves the best of all mankind, and its opportunity for peaceful cooperation many never come again. But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas?

We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."

President John F. Kennedy, September 12, 1962, at Rice University, Houston, Texas