let us become a bit more like turtles


I believe

that our species will

not last long. It does not seem

to be made of the stuff that has allowed

the turtle, for example to continue to exist more

or less unchanged for hundreds of millions of

years; for hundreds of times longer, that is,

than we have even been in existence.

We belong to a short-lived genus

of species. All of our cousins

are already extinct. What’s

more, we do




are frontiers where

we are learning, and our desire

for knowledge burns. They are in the

most minute reaches of the fabric of space,

at the origins of the cosmos, in the nature of time,

in the phenomenon of black holes, and in the

workings of our own thought processes.

Here, on the edge of what we know,

in contact with the ocean of the

unknown, shines the mystery

and the beauty of the world.

And it’s breathtaking.


Carlo Rovelli