“It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not a weakness, that is life.” -Jean-Luc Picard
The cosmic story common to all of us — where we came from, how we got here and where we’re headed into the future — is both amazing and daunting. But when we’re first exposed to the vastness of it all in terms of both time and space, it can be downright terrifying.
This is particularly true for young children, who often experience a huge existential crisis when they realize that not only are they going to die, but everyone and everything that ever existed will die, including the Sun. How can we simultaneously give them the scientifically accurate (and level-appropriate) story of the Universe while still being kind and compassionate?