Pick two stars in the sky. Chances are they are thousands or millions of lightyears apart. Look precisely at one, then precisely at the other. It takes no more than a second. Even if it had taken an hour, something would have passed between where those two heavenly bodies used to be, at, conservatively speaking, a million times the speed of light. What was it? you ask. A new quality in the Universe, something very new and beautiful: human awareness.
-Paraphrased from Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake