I’m trying to remember when I first encountered Neil deGrasse Tyson. I think it was for a quote about water molecules:
MIND. BLOWN. With water.
I think it’s Dr. Tyson’s ability to make even the smallest things mind-blowingly fascinating, as well as in positive light for something and opening the way for so many more questions, not to mention a need to check his work and see if it checks out. Not that I doubt his math (it does work, by the way), but it’s just so improbable that it induces a kind of wonder.
One of my favorite quotes is from Albert Einstein:
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious: it is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause in wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.
When was the last time you paused to think about the size and proximity of water molecules? Probably never. Are you thinking about water now?