When it comes to helping the world, there’s one very simple thing any and everyone can do — even first graders! — to assist with that: Explore. Because trying and doing and seeing and learning help give us all a greater understanding of the earth we live on and the universe around us. That’s the advice Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson gave a seriously adorable 6-year-old during a lecture he gave at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.
Perhaps the most charming thing of all, though, is the situation at large. The video starts with Tyson bringing the young and budding scientist out front and center, highlighting her Einstein riding a bicycle through a galaxy t-shirt and the quote to which the image is attached. “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” Deep thoughts in cotton, eh?
This precocious Nobel Prize winner-to-be had but one question for the brilliant astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and all-around cool science dude: how can she, and other curious first graders out in the world, contribute to the effort of saving this here planet we call Earth? His answer was no doubt a delightful get-out-of-jail-free card for the young girl and other curious kids out there, and sure to cause more than a few awkward parenting moments when mom or dad ask said kids to stop, say, banging on a bunch of pots and pans only to have their child retort “but Neil deGrasse Tyson told me I could!”
I mean if that doesn’t convert every kid into a budding scientist, artist, or explorer I don’t know what will.
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