“One of the astronaughts said, when we originally went to the moon, our total focus was on the moon. We weren’t thinking about looking back about looking back at the Earth. But now that we’ve done it, that may well have been the most important reason we went.” – David Beaver. Co-founder, Overview Institute.
On a night flight from Jamaica, a combination of economy-class-cramps and a rather handy window seat kept me awake. In that state of awakeness I bore witness to one of the most profound images I’ve ever seen in my life. Morning was breaking, but from 36,000ft, dawn break takes on a whole different meaning.
I saw the curvature of the earth. Beyond that subtle curving horizon, the warm, yet subtle immensity of the sun literally gave light to how small ‘we’ are. By we I mean the inhabitants of planet Earth – or ‘space station Earth’ as described in this film.
My humble experience represents only a smidgeon of the awe David Beaver and his Planetary Collective convey of not so much space travel, but the profundity of an alternative view point. We may never get to space in the conventional sense, but in this film is a reminder that we are already in space. Such interesting and thought provoking insights should keep every single one of us in awe of our very existence on this fragile, wonderful planet.
Big ups to Susan Supercharged for the heads up