“[They] who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead; [their] eyes are closed."
Our third mission, Agents, is to re-cultivate a sense of wonder for the benefit of our lives and the One Human Family.
It is estimated that there are over 100 billion stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way Galaxy. This is an unbelievably VAST number of cosmically giant balls of gas and light, as we could fit 1.3 million Earths into the largeness of our sun alone. Yet there are over an estimated 100 billion galaxies in our universe, each with hundreds of billions of stars within them, too. Each with their own planets, their own mysteries, and potentially, their own life...
For some perspective, Agents, this number of stars in the universe dramatically outweighs the total grains of sand spread throughout every beach, ocean, river and lake on our Earth. Every grain in a handful of sand is but a minuscule fraction of real, burning stars somewhere out there in the night sky.
Sit with all of this for a moment…
These numbers of awesome scale and vastness are so large that they are incomprehensible to the human mind. We literally cannot wrap our rational, logical minds around something so incredible.
And what we are left with is... wonder.
Yet sadly, when we look into the night sky from within a city, we can only see about 100 stars. Why so few? Because the nearby light of the city blocks out the subtle light of countless stars who are so far, far away.
And so, our sense of wonder is lost. We forget to look up and fathom how cosmic and wonderful our universe truly is.
In the same way, our everyday lives can make us forget to look at the wonder that exists all around us. Because we are so busy, we form habits that allow us to move automatically throughout the day. And as we do, we lose touch with the power of wonder, the mysteries from every turn of life that call our name...
In the following video, Agents Oprah Winfrey and Louie Schwartzberg will guide us through the mystery and science behind wonder.