18-21 February had become dark days for my country we have lost approximately one hundred innocent citizens that were brutally murdered by their own government. They were named “Heaven’s Hundred” (ukr. Небесна сотня) by the people. Those tragic events have finally triggered parliament on more radical actions which include the comeback to parliamentary respublic constitution, impeachment to the president and more others that declare our country as democratic country without any chance of doubt. Though there’s still much to do and i’m sure this time we will show the world how strong and beautiful our country can be. This revolution have changed us but also left significant wound in our hearts. Those people have died on the streets of Kyiv, they were ordinary people who just wanted to live in a free country and had a courage to fight for it. They are the people who will always live in our hearts.
With his opening introduction to 'Cosmos: A Personal Voyage’ in 1980, Carl Sagan provided the most eloquent and gentle invitation to rendezvous with our curiosity.
Three years prior to my birth and amidst 2 decades, I remained unaware what a profound sermon of love and acceptance this would be for me and my journey forward. No matter your understanding of science or Carl himself, ‘Cosmos’ unabashedly drew back the curtain of ignorance and uncertainty, revealing the poetry of reality, communicated in a way that permitted us an honest lens for which to view the universe and our place within it.
Carl’s opening words still provide me with a figurative breath of fresh air, so seldom expressed in such a way today by figures society promotes as role models and mentors. If you ever needed something to reflect on regarding the importance of this human being and the significance bearing on the new ‘Cosmos’ series, his preceding words to the series illuminate this…
"The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. On this shore, we’ve learned most of what we know. Recently we’ve waded a little way out - maybe, ‘ankle deep’ - and the water seems inviting. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return - and we can - because the cosmos is also within us; we’re made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself. The journey for each of us begins here. We’re going to explore the cosmos in a ship of the imagination unfettered by ordinary limits on speed and size, drawn by the music of cosmic harmonies, it can take us anywhere in space and in time. Perfect as a snowflake, organic as a dandelion seed, it will carry us to worlds of dreams, and worlds of facts. Come with me…"
Carl Sagan; Cosmos: A Personal Voyage | Episode 1: “The Shores Of The Cosmic Ocean”