Note from the former Mrs. Carl Sagan

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    May 30, 2011 11:21 PM GMT
    A note from Ann Druyan, who was the wife of Carl Sagan at the time of his death in 1996. Whatever you believe - be it afterlife or one life - her words are still pretty phenomenal (at least to me, anyway). Take time to enjoy the ones around you, and Happy Memorial Day to everyone.

    Ann DruyanWhen my husband died, because he was so famous and known for not being a believer, many people would come up to me - it still sometimes happens - and ask me if Carl changed at the end & converted to a belief in an afterlife. They also frequently ask me if I think I will see him again. Carl faced his death with unflagging courage and never sought refuge in illusions. The tragedy was that we knew we would never see each other again. I don't ever expect to be reunited with Carl. But, the great thing is that when we were together, for nearly twenty years, we lived with a vivid appreciation of how brief and precious life is. We never trivialized the meaning of death by pretending it was anything other than a final parting. Every single moment that we were alive and we were together was miraculous - not miraculous in the sense of inexplicable or supernatural. We knew we were beneficiaries of chance… That pure chance could be so generous and so kind… That we could find each other, as Carl wrote so beautifully in Cosmos, you know, in the vastness of space and the immensity of time… That we could be together for twenty years. That is something which sustains me and it's much more meaningful…

    The way he treated me and the way I treated him, the way we took care of each other and our family, while he lived. That is so much more important than the idea I will see him someday. I don't think I'll ever see Carl again. But I saw him. We saw each other. We found each other in the cosmos, and that was wonderful.


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    May 30, 2011 11:24 PM GMT
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    May 31, 2011 12:50 AM GMT
    aerovaulter saidA note from Ann Druyan, who was the wife of Carl Sagan at the time of his death in 1996. Whatever you believe - be it afterlife or one life - her words are still pretty phenomenal (at least to me, anyway). Take time to enjoy the ones around you, and Happy Memorial Day to everyone.

    Ann DruyanWhen my husband died, because he was so famous and known for not being a believer, many people would come up to me - it still sometimes happens - and ask me if Carl changed at the end & converted to a belief in an afterlife. They also frequently ask me if I think I will see him again. Carl faced his death with unflagging courage and never sought refuge in illusions. The tragedy was that we knew we would never see each other again. I don't ever expect to be reunited with Carl. But, the great thing is that when we were together, for nearly twenty years, we lived with a vivid appreciation of how brief and precious life is. We never trivialized the meaning of death by pretending it was anything other than a final parting. Every single moment that we were alive and we were together was miraculous - not miraculous in the sense of inexplicable or supernatural. We knew we were beneficiaries of chance… That pure chance could be so generous and so kind… That we could find each other, as Carl wrote so beautifully in Cosmos, you know, in the vastness of space and the immensity of time… That we could be together for twenty years. That is something which sustains me and it's much more meaningful…

    The way he treated me and the way I treated him, the way we took care of each other and our family, while he lived. That is so much more important than the idea I will see him someday. I don't think I'll ever see Carl again. But I saw him. We saw each other. We found each other in the cosmos, and that was wonderful.





    I found there to be a lot of power in her statement...that's all I can really say without confusing others.
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    May 31, 2011 2:13 AM GMT
    running11 saidI found there to be a lot of power in her statement...that's all I can really say without confusing others.


    I'm not sure where the confusion would be, although I can see where people would disagree with the way Ann views things (her statement being considered powerful or not). They certainly give food for thought, though - and hopefully in the best way.



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    May 31, 2011 2:21 AM GMT
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    running11 saidI found there to be a lot of power in her statement...that's all I can really say without confusing others.


    I'm not sure where the confusion would be, although I can see where people would disagree with the way Ann views things (her statement being considered powerful or not). They certainly give food for thought, though - and hopefully in the best way.





    the confusion would be me bringing my beliefs and confusion with my beliefs into it. that's all icon_smile.gif It was something good for me to read and good food for thought
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    May 31, 2011 4:19 AM GMT
    This was beautiful even for those of us with different beliefs. I think those of us that have afterlife beliefs sometimes don't stop to appreciate what we have in front of us.
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    May 31, 2011 4:33 AM GMT
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    http://theageofreason.org/post/5296516329/when-my-husband-died-because-he-was-so-famous

  • May 31, 2011 6:49 AM GMT
    Carl Sagan was a beautiful mind, it was tragic to loose him so early. The age of great Astronomers is ending, they sought passion and courage for the human spirit... They believed that humans could learn not to repeat the mistakes of the past, and conform them to the 21st century ideology.

    Dawkins, Kaku, Degrassi, are brilliant minds, but their passion for humanity and the never ending struggle to overcome fictitious ideology does not have the same fire that Sagan did. Hawkins in my mind is the last of the greats, the other just preach science, and they lack that, " Human Factor..."

    If I ever have kids, I always wanted to name a boy Sagan.