Enthralled by a Universe

I am fascinated not just by the stars, but by men such as Natalie Portman’s father, who works at the Northwell Birth Clinic, giving childless women another chance.  He is one of hundreds of people who devote their lives to a cause that is greater than they, but which would not exist without them.

We live in a universe that not only has multicolored and fascinating nebulae or star clouds, but here on Earth, people who devote their lives to selfless and hidden causes.  Usually they are quite modest about it. Is there anyone you know who goes about working in a soup kitchen?  Yet how necessary is their work, and often without pay.

This modesty, characteristic of Western Civilization, goes back to the man who originated many of its ideas, but humbled himself to die on a Roman cross.

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