Happy Birthday Carl

All that we have seen is something of a vast and intricate and lovely universe. There is no particular theological conclusion that comes out of an exercise such as the one we have just gone through. What is more, when we understand something of the astronomical dynamics, the evolution of worlds, we recognize that worlds are born and worlds die, they have lifetimes just as humans do, and therefore that there is a great deal of suffering and death in the cosmos is a great deal of life.

— Dr. Carl Sagan. ‘The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God.’ Edited by Ann Druyan from the 1985 Gifford Lectures. Published in 2006.