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Daddy's Awesome! -- Writer's Poke #242



When I realized that Tavi could start repeating back what I was saying, I quickly taught her to say "Daddy's awesome!" Now she can say it on command, and sometimes she will even say it voluntarily out of the blue. Pretty cool.

And, well, I am awesome. No doubt. But am I more awesome than Eta Carinae, a star that is 4 million times brighter than our own sun?

Carl Sagan used to be fond of saying, "We're made of star stuff." And when you think about it, that's pretty darn awesome. But what makes humans more awesome than even the most humble star?

Some might say, "We have the ability to realize just how awesome we are." Really? Is that all it takes to make us more awesome than stars?

Where do stars go when they die? Nowhere. No one claims that there's a heaven for stars. Yet, we, that are made from stars, do have a heaven?

Strange what self-reflecting beings can come up with...

What makes you so awesome?

"If we long to believe that the stars rise and set for us, that we are the reason there is a Universe, does science do us a disservice in deflating our conceits?" -- Carl Sagan

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