Rob Rey

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Rob Rey

United States

Cosmic Perspective is understanding our scale within the universe; being humbled by a grand and awe-inspiring expanse of space, deep time, and staggering complexity. In the light of scientific understanding, a little curiosity is quickly rewarded with an enchanting, almost spiritual feeling of wonder at the natural world. Making an effort to comprehend the cosmos has a way of putting our lives, troubles, and pride in a helpful frame of reference, allowing us to refocus on what matters most. When we see the Earth as a lonely blue speck of oasis, it inherently sparks feelings of fellowship, belonging, and connection with our fellow earthlings. Through this panoramic lens, our terrestrial disputes and nationalist contentions are reduced to insignificance. Empathy and compassion become natural and obvious ways to relate to one another.

In a world where our traditional sources of meaning are growing less resonant, Cosmic Perspective provides a new and inspiring scientific story of humanity united by our shared atomic origins in stardust. It provides a sense of kinship with all life on earth in our shared genetic evolution over four billion years of development. It provides hope in our capacity to reason and understand the cosmos of which we are part. It necessitates cooperation to preserve and cherish our tiny planet, the only habitable place we know to exist.

We are stardust evolved to understand the stars; a tiny part of the universe, become conscious. 

Humans are a storytelling species. We live our lives by stories in one form or another. To have lasting impact, a meaningful story needs to be interacted with on a regular basis, so that we don’t lose sight of the bigger picture. Rob creates his art to be a visual reminder of this grand perspective, that we might all live more inspired, empathic lives, while innovating a more sustainable way of living.

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