8.01.2012

STEWARDSHIP AS SEEN FROM SPACE

I just stumbled on this gift from a friend (thanks, David!) in my inbox, having just gotten home from seeing the latest Batman movie, which I loved though it nearly made me crazy with anxiety. (I am a Batman freak from childhood, he was always my favorite superhero.) I was in a mood of wonder, at how apocalyptic the world can get, and yet how people always have hope. What with drought, searing heat waves, floods, massive power failures...

Then I opened this video of scenes from the International Space Station. It moved me to tears. The stunning beauty of this planet of ours, how vulnerable we are, how tiny in that infinitely spangled sky-- and how large this world is, our only home, large enough to contain everything we know and love. And how ingenious, how brilliant, how unnervingly ambitious, that we were able to send up a space ship that looks like a brittle, gangly dragonfly, unfolding its wings, rolling around its eyes--so that we can see, through it, how we look, from way out there. I don't know which is the most miraculous creation--the planet, the human, the space ship....all of it. The gorgeous majesty of this movie--this has to remind us of all we are capable of achieving. We can do this. We can take care of our world, and of each other. 

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