Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked by a reader of TIME magazine, “What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?” This is his answer.
"The universe is in US." An astounding fact, indeed. It makes me cry to know that I am a part of something as beautiful and miraculous as life.
Even as a geologist I can say with absolute fidelity that Neil DeGrasse Tyson is my science hero.
While I know that I run a real risk by saying this, the truth is, the ONLY reason people think that he is "cool" is because he is black. Full Stop.
Dr. Alex Filipenko is funnier and more entertaining. There are 2 women PhDs on The Universe who's names escape me at the moment, but they are much more pleasant to watch, listen to, and think about, and above it all is Dr. Michio Kaku, co-founder of String Theory, Cellist, Figure Skater, entertaining TV personality, US Armed Forces Veteran, and victim of WW2 Japanese American prisoner camps. But he's not black, so he just can't be as popular in today's culture apparently.
The attitude and accompanying facts described by Tyson are eerily similar to Kierkegaard's "Theological Self" and the kind of Self-Other relationship described by many mystics. Kierkegaard saw the self as developing in a specific pattern of development. Initially the self is completely preoccupied with concrete personal identities and is ignorant of the relationship of the self to the totality (God/Universe).
In the second stage one is aware of this kind of relationship but denies that it has any psychological significance for oneself. One may stand in awe at the relationship between Man and Universe (Man and God), but this is only the beginning of religious knowledge.
The greater impact of this realization comes with its integration into the self. In ancient times they would express this process as "submission to God". But in more secular terms you are relinquishing attachment to personal identity in favor of a conception of self that is rooted in the All. Whereas we begin life with a strong attachment to our parents/guardians, and later in life derive our sense of self from a relationship with society. The theological self is concerned with the relationship of the individual self to the totality of all that is (i.e. God/Universe/Nature/etc..)
"The self is a relation that relates itself to itself or is the relation’s relating itself to itself in the relation.” (Kierkegaard, The Sickness Unto Death, p. 13)
Tyson himself took brief notice of the similarity in his speech to that of "people who have had revelations of Jesus"
A cross-comparison of principles and concepts can be performed on Tyson's secular view and that of Orthodox Christianity. If one is able to overlook the differing linguistic garments one may see that the relationship of all the elements is identical in both Tyson and Christianity.
We were created to worship God = "We are a way for the universe to experience itself"