There is a spiritual content to cosmology that I think is tremendously attractive. I find that my own happiness has really increased a lot since I’ve learned about modern cosmology. I think everyone needs a sense of belonging to something really big and important. And I didn’t have that when I was younger.
What is a spiritual orientation is a sense of relationship to the larger universe. I don’t use the word spiritual to mean something’s out there, some being out there. But I do use the word spiritual to mean my experience of how I fit into the universe. And I can experience that if I know how I fit into the universe. I can’t if I don’t.
So by understanding a modern picture of cosmology, even at just an intuitive non-detailed level, people can get a wonderful spiritual sense of how they fit into the universe, which I think is invaluable and really could be the motivation for making the big changes that we need to make.
In Their Own Words is recorded in Big Think’s studio.