I was listening to a radio program where Brian Cox and Ann Druyan were talking about Carl Sagan and his achievements and they were talking about the Library of Alexandria, and I finally understood why it’s story is so important
I don’t know why it took me so long to understand
maybe because I was half-asleep when I watched that part of the episode
or I was just too busy visualizing the library itself
but the reason it’s so important to know about it is because there were so few people in charge of this library, the grandest library of the time, the meeting place of cultures, languages, the collective knowledge of people from all over the world.
the citizens weren’t involved very much, if at all, with the things that were being discovered, things that could have changed their lives. they didn’t care - and why should they? Why should they trust the scientists? What had they done for them?
So when the barbarians came to destroy it, no one really cared. That is one of the greatest tragedies I can think of.
And that’s what Cosmos is about. Getting people to care about how far we’ve come and how far we can go. So we don’t lose everything all over again. So we can make people’s lives easier, more bearable, and increase everyone’s appreciation for science, the continuous endeavor of life, just the universe in general. To get everyone involved in discovering so we actually care about it this time around.
I feel like I’ve been missing out, now that I realize this, but I’m glad I know now.