Atom in the universe

Earth was not always so brimming with life and activity. The following poem, written by Richard Feynman in 1955, recited by me, describes how it changed over time, and how it got to where it is now.

In the present day, Feynman writes:

Out of the cradle, onto dry land, here it is standing: atoms with consciousness; matter with curiosity.

Stands at the sea, wonders at wondering: I, a universe of atoms; an atom in the Universe.

The poem really has a calming effect overall on one's mind-set about the universe. One can, sort of, stand in the middle, between the tininess of the body and the enormity of the universe, and enjoy everything both ways.

This poem is thought to be written as a tribute to Miller-Urey's experiment of 1952 which was a chemical experiment that simulated the conditions of early earth in laboratory.

The reason why I like this poem so much has to do with wording, imagination and correlation. The poet is able to convey, in words simple enough, that no matter what the result, or how long it takes, you keep on keeping on, just like the oceans kept raging on back in the day.

Of course, with help from Sun's infinite energy. And the sum total of all that is himself standing at the seashore: wondering, thinking, imagining.

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