My mind has been filled with dark forebodings ever since Friday’s amazing “cosmic coincidence,” where, while the 2012 DA14 Asteroid was doing it’s much anticipated “near miss” of our planet, a much smaller, and entirely unanticipated, piece of space rock was exploding in the skies over Chelyabinsk, Russia, causing enough injuries and property damage to grab the attention of people all over the world.
I was all set to go off on a Major Rant about the need to get serious about protecting ourselves from these threats from above when it occurred to me that I’d already done so in the Why A Space Program? post I wrote some 3 ½ years ago. So I’ve decided to limit today’s sermon to just a couple of thoughts.
The first thought begins with a variation on a joke that I’m sure most religious people will be familiar with:
I may not be religious, but I do absolutely recognize that we have been endowed, however it came to be, with an incredible potential that we’ve barely just begun to embrace. We know full well that we live in a universe that, for all it’s incredible beauty and complexity, is nevertheless a very, VERY hostile place when it comes to life as we know it. And yet, in spite of what we know, we’ve done very little when it comes to developing, and acting on, a plan for reducing the risk of human extinction posed by having “all our eggs” on this one earthly basket.
Take a look at this video I included in my Why A Space Program? post:
Now imagine there’s a religious astronaut who has “miraculously” survived the catastrophe aboard the International Space Station somehow. With tears streaming from his eyes, he screams his complaint to the heavens:
I’m not sure how a religious man would answer such a question, but this old Pink Floyd song gives some good insight into what I think:
I want ice water.
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