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Make the Cosmic Perspective Your Next Coping Mechanism

Contemplating cosmic history isn’t alienating; it’s affirming.Pexels

I am often asked how I cope with the vast and seemingly incomprehensible abyss beyond Earth. As with modern politics, it’s thought that contemplating the cold, indifferent, cosmos—as I do for a living—can make us feel small, powerless, and unimportant: specks of dust flickering in the void for what would hardly qualify as a cosmic instant.

But when Earthly concerns anger, frustrate, and depress us, taking a cosmic perspective can oftenfor our existence. As Carl Sagan put it so aptly in his legendary book, , “If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”

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