logical atomism

“Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements - the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution and for life - weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way for them to get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So, forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today.” - Lawrence Krauss

Atom: So what now? What advice can you give me ?

God: What advice can I give humanity?

Atom: I suppose so

God: Live your life. Don’t waste your days on the negative energy of others. Remember that you’re not your salary. You’re not your house. You’re not your car. And no matter how big your bank account is, your grave is six feet under just like everyone else’s. So enjoy the days you have. Worry not bout the days that came before you. Nor the ones that will follow you in death. Remember that right here in this moment is all you are guaranteed, and the fact that you are living is what life is all about. So live your life to the fullest, according to your happiness and the betterment of all

~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

Now that the theoretical physicist slash cosmologist
has explained to me, has laid out in clean
even rows of logic

how every atom in my body
arrived from a star, a star
that blasted apart,
          and the atoms of my left hand

originated from a different sun
than my right,

I can shine. I can go dark

David Hernandez, from “We’re This and We’re That, Aren’t We?” Poetry (February 2016)