a couple of days ago, james randi spoke about how, after we'd lost carl sagan, he'd pick up the phone to call him. and then realize he couldn't.
i'm feeling that now, as i lost my mother three weeks ago. i want to pick up the phone too.
i often reflect about how lucky we are to be alive and how wondrous our cosmos is. but lately i haven't been feeling it.
then i found this podcast... an interview with ann druyan and nick sagan via nick's blog.
and it hit me more intensely than usual.
'it is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.'
the interview starts at around 00:22.