The Most Romantic Thing Ever

February 12th, 2010

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Charlie-

Happy Valentinesbirthday. Your very existence is a pale, fleshy arrow from Cupid’s quiver.

WNYC marked the holiday by playing a beautiful story of romance between a man and a woman and two golden records containing artifacts of a grand and diverse culture, a declaration of cosmic citizenship. I’m sure you know who I’m talking about. They had Ann on to talk about falling in love with Carl. They agreed to get married on the same phone call in which Ann and Carl first revealed their love for each other. And I don’t mean first time they said, “I love you.” I mean the first time they acknowledged any romantic interest at all. “A eureka moment,” Ann says, “like a scientific discovery.” Or so the story goes.

Two days after the sudden engagement Ann wondered aloud to Carl, do you think if we recorded my brainwaves, an alien culture could reconstitute the data back into thought. And Carl says, “well, a thousand million years is a long time. Who knows what’s possible.”

So they did it. Ann recorded her thoughts not only about the history of civilization and its intellectual heritage, but also about love. She got engaged only two days prior, Charlie, and it’s not absurd to think that her nervous system was still responding to the excitement. In some ways it may be the truest recording of any manifestation of love. Truer than any song or poem. And the most romantic part of all – Jad Abumrad, the host, sums it up nicely - some billions of years from now the Earth will be swallowed up by the Sun, yet floating in the vastness of space, there will still exist a remnant of the their love.

After I heard that story, the card I’m getting T-bot seems kinda like a let down. But how do you compete with that? You can’t.

See you tonight.

-Ben

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