But I guess ultimately what scares me about marriage is where do you find this person? You know a lot of times, most successful relationships, people meet through work, school, mutual friends. But what’s most interesting to me is when people just meet in life, just randomly. You know, I have a friend, he got married, I asked him like “Hey, uh, where’d you meet your wife?” He was like “I was leaving Bed, Bath & Beyond. I was looking for my car - I drive a gray Prius. I saw a different gray Prius, I thought it was mine, I walked up to it, I realized I had the wrong car, but I bumped into Carol, we started talking, that was that”. That’s unbelievable. Think about all the random factors that had to come together to make this one moment possible - this one moment that changed these two people’s entire lives: First off, this guy has to live in this particular town. Then he has to get a gray Prius. Then he has to need to go to Bed, Bath & Beyond. Then he has to go to that particular Bed, Bath & Beyond. Then there has to be another guy who also lives in town, also drives a gray Prius, also needs to go to Bed, Bath & Beyond, also goes to that particular Bed, Bath & Beyond at around the same time. Then they have to both park somewhat near each other, my friend has to leave before the other guy leaves, see the wrong Prius, think it’s his, walk up to it. Then the woman, Carol, needs to be near the wrong gray Prius for a million other random reasons. They bump into each other, they start talking, their entire lives are changed. That’s the most amazing and terrifying thing about life. It is, cause the amazing thing is that at any moment, any one of us can have that moment that totally changes our lives. You could be leaving the show tonight, bump into someone… it could change your life. You don’t know, that could happen. The terrifying thing is… what if we’re all supposed to be at Bed Bath & Beyond right now?
It is astonishing to witness how far science has come, even in just a year’s time. There is an ocean of knowledge just waiting to be undiscovered and possibly change how we see the world. Funny enough there was a famous end-of-science prediction in 1894 by Albert A. Michelson. He said, “The more important fundamental laws and facts of physical science have all been discovered, and these are now so firmly established that the possibility of their ever being supplanted in consequence of new discoveries is exceedingly remote… Future discoveries must be looked for in the sixth place of decimals.”
120 years later and science is thriving with no shortage of excitement. For example, CERN is experimenting with high-energy physics like smashing atoms near the speed of light. We have various spacecraft’s travelling to Pluto and Mars and almost have one on every other planet. Voyager is 18 billion km away traveling in interstellar space and it still gives us data after 30+ years. NASA wants to send a manned mission to Mars and perhaps for the first time in history privatized companies may beat them to the punch. Dark matter and dark energy, which the universe is 96% made up of, is still a huge mystery to us and is waiting to be unlocked. We have discovered well over 1000 exoplanets, thanks to Kepler and other astronomers, and have identified habitable planets with water.
All of this is possible through funding, passion, and brilliant science. If we want to discover more of the universe and go farther than we have ever been then we all need to take action today. So let’s spread the word and uncover the ocean of knowledge by talking to your congressman. www.penny4nasa.org/take-action