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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Care for Earth, Care for Humanity

Mercury. Image Courtesy of NASA
Venus. Image Courtesy of NASA
Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and the "King of the Kuiper Belt" Pluto: only ONE planet in the solar system will not kill life exposed on its surface outright. Even Earth won't tolerate us on every inch of her surface. So, given recent news with escalation in the threat with North Korea, wars and rumors of war, mass dislocation of populations in the greatest refugee crisis in recent memory, rampant cruelty, mindless violence, denial of global warming and all the rest, we really need to get our heads on right and protect this fragile world and all of fragile life upon it. We must insist our politicians and our corporations reign in their worst tendencies if we wish to live. Mindless prejudice must be left in the past as well. We have reached the point where we absolutely must insist that we grow up!
Earth. Image Courtesy of NASA

Mars. Image Courtesy of NASA
Jupiter. Image Courtesy of NASA
Saturn. Image Courtesy of NASA
Uranus: Double Vision. Image Courtesy of NASA
Neptune. Image Courtesy of NASA
Pluto. Image Courtesy of NASA
Look, if we can send robots to visit each and every one of these worlds, study them, and send us home the data and these portraits, surely we can evolve beyond our violence, our greed, and our need to destroy, our nationalism, our tribalism, and our hate. We can do this.

To quote astronaut Edgar G. Mitchell on his epiphany looking back at the Earth from the Moon:
“You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.”

See how small Earth is even from the distance of our own Moon. See any
political boundaries? Image Courtesy of NASA

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