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The Wonder of Stars

planets and stars

I enjoy the Science Channel. I think I’m intrigued because I never took a science class in school, and I learn something from every program. It’s new, exciting and usually beautiful.

I can hear you now, “How in the world did you get through college without ever taking a science class?”

Well, my elementary education took place in a Catholic school where funds were limited and teachers worked more as a calling than a profession, so subjects that were expounded upon in the public schools, like physical education, science, and mathematics were gently touched in my school.

That’s not to say we graduated dummies. We all left with a strong sense of the basics—reading, writing and arithmetic (not “new math). Our “saving grace” (excuse the pun) was we learned how to study. So, when we did go on to high school, we all did well. We soon realized hard work, combined with the basic skills we got at St. Sebastian’s, would get us through any class. And as proof, most of my 34 classmates went on to graduating from college—many the first in their families.

But by the time I got to high school, I was intimidated by Science and advanced math. I also knew that college wasn’t in my future at that time in my life, so I usurped the science department and immersed myself in the business department. Mistake number one—limiting myself.

Now, I am so sorry I let my fear of the unknown drive me away from science. As I watch the interesting programs on the Science Channel, I realize what I missed. Who knows? My childhood fascination with the planets and stars might have turned me into an astronomer—of course, I would have had to get over my math phobia, too.

Holy cow . . . that was a nice tangent, wasn’t it?

What I meant to tell you about was the program I saw last night. I learned EVERYTHING in the universe is part of the STARS, and that includes us! Wow! Think about it! The energy, matter and chemicals that we are made of came from outer space! WE are a product of the amazing universe! We’re Star People!

Of course, it took billions of years to make planet Earth from an exploded star, and then a few more billions for the comets to come along. And then a few more billion years for humans to appear on the scene. But think of it! How great is it to know that we are all part of the vast universe in which we live.

I wish everyone on the planet could have seen that program. Just think. Maybe we’d be less apt to destroy our environment for our own purposes if we understood we are literally destroying ourselves with such ignorance. Better yet, if we all saw ourselves as part of a great universe, we might even think twice before picking up guns to destroy one another. We might even realize we are more alike than different because we come from the same place.  I’m just saying. . .