I would say I’m stupidly excited for Cosmos tonight. But watching it may be the smartest thing you can do. If you love science, watch for enjoyment. If you are skeptical of science due to religious beliefs, watch to see what wonders you are missing out on. I often see religious believers asking atheists what there is to live for, what makes things beautiful if there is no meaning. Watch Neil DeGrasse Tyson talk about science for 5 minutes, and it will be clear that to a scientist, nothing could be more beautiful than a universe created by physics, mathematics, and chance.
If that doesn’t make you want to watch, watch for the fact that an understanding and love of science is what will make our civilization thrive. We will run out of fossil fuels. We will encounter other asteroids like the one that hit Russia last year. We will face issues that we currently have no ability to solve. Without a generation that is passionate about science, we will be doomed by ourselves, if not by out interstellar neighbors.
Then, after you watch, DO SOMETHING. Vote for someone who loves science, not someone who tries to mute it in our schools. Recycle and buy reusable shopping bags. Buy a telescope. Plant a garden instead of lawn. There are literally endless things you can do that will improve the world.
“What happens in the first second of the next cosmic year depends on what we do, here and now, with our intelligence, and our knowledge, of the Cosmos.”- Carl Sagan