18 January 2010


Don’t get me wrong, but sometimes, my friends, sometimes I wonder if Science has lost the sense of awe. If we, simple human beings, have lost the sense of awe.

It seems that our eyes need to see something extraordinary, probably big to an incredible size or something totally fantastic, to recover that sense of awe, that is naturally followed by a sense of humility, a sense of reflection about how insignificant, little and limited beings we are.

Astronomers could in certain way be astonished day in and day out, because the great space telescopes discover things that are mind-boggling and they have to throw away theories and try to build new ones.

But it seems that we need a very near approach by something equally extraordinary in order to recover that sense of awe, a sense of respect for what is not understandable, for what is beyond our minds and imagination.

After all, it is also to recover a sense of mistery. Life itself is really a mistery, but apparently the things of everyday distract us enormously from the very things that should have our minds busy.

These words do not pretend to be a thought, rather they want to share with you a feeling.

The feeling that unless we recover our capacity of being surprised and surpassed by a reality which is beyond our comprehension, and unless we recover that sense of awe and realize that we are sorrounded by misteries, we are losing our human condition.

Thanks for reading.

Milton W. Hourcade

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