It is not a stage on which dramas unfold;
it is the unfolding drama itself.
This [great cosmological] story shows us in the deepest possible sense that
we are all sisters + brothers
fashioned from the same stellar dust, energized by the same star, nourished by the same planet, endowed with the same genetic code + threatened by the same evils.
This story...humbles us before the magnitude + complexity of creation.
It bewilders us with the improbability of our existence,
astonishes us with the interdependence of all things
+ makes us feel grateful for the lives we have.
And not the least of all,
it inspires us to express our gratitude to the past by accepting a solemn + collective responsibility for the future.