30
Oct
09

a musical interlude

So this morning I was crusing my usual internet haunts and I saw this awesome video on Smart Bitches, which I will let speak for itself.

I promise this goes somewhere!

Besides the general coolness and gratuitous use of autotune, there’s one line in particular that struck me hard, where newly musical Carl Sagan says “We’re made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.”

How appropriate to the song’s theme that this immedeatly connected in my mind to Nora’s post yesterday on how a story is never just a story.  The idea that we are intelligent molecular machines created by the universe, from the universe, so that the universe may know itself is a beautiful, almost religious idea. On a much smaller scale, this applies to humans and stories.

The human mind functions on story. If we want to explain things, we tell a story. If we want to move people to our way of thinking, we tell a story. Stories are the fundamental connection between people, the way we share individual experience. Our minds are, in a way, nothing more than very highly evolved nets of stories, the story of how atoms connect, or how justice should be done, or why things fall to the ground when we drop them. We are ourselves story creatures who in turn create stories to help us understand ourselves.

I think that its ubiquitousness makes story easy to dismiss at times. But a story is just a story in the same way water is just water, sure it’s everywhere, but try living without it and see how far you get. Stories, like water, come in many forms and functions, some frivolous, some fun, some deadly serious, but they are all vital to our human experience and should never be marginalized, dismissed, or ignored.

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2 Responses to “a musical interlude”


  1. 1 Terri-Lynne
    October 30, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Gads, I love Carl Sagan. Whenever I’m asked, “Who would you pick if you could sit and talk to ANYONE for an hour or two?” I always say, “Carl Sagan.”

    Funny you should make the story/water reference. I just read this today in The Forests of Serre by Patricia McKillip: “Like water, tales find their own paths; they go where they are needed.”

  2. 2 rachelaaron
    October 30, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    That is awesome, I love it when things connect like that.


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