I’m a geek. So now you know that about me too. Haunted by Nolan’s Interstellar– which didn’t quite meet my expectations– I rifled through my library and found something to soothe my disappointment. Contact by Carl Sagan is one of my favorite books of all time. I stole it from a library when I was in uni. I didn’t think Carl would mind. I also liked the film adaptation with Jodie Foster. I watch it when I need the world to make a little more sense.
What was it about Contact that left such a deep imprint? It’s the idea that space travel is both a physical and spiritual journey undertaken for answers to existential questions that keep some of us awake at night. That science and theology are two sides of the same coin – with their share of zealots but still mystical and profound.
It reminds us that there are different paths to enlightenment but we make the same trip.