I have a confession of sorts to make. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you might have noticed that I haven’t posted nearly as much about science and space exploration as I used to. It’s true. I haven’t. And what none of you could know is that I haven’t been keeping up with those things online or, for that matter, watching the shows about them on TV either. Even worse, despite the excitement I expressed about the new COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey television show before it began, the fact is that the last six episodes are still sitting, unwatched, on my DVR.
If you’re wondering what’s going on, or what exactly has changed, I’m really not sure I can give a proper explanation. It would be easy enough to say that I’ve become disillusioned with “dumbing down” and “over-hyping” the networks have resorted to in their efforts to make these subjects “more palatable” to a larger audience. I could also say that watching the new Cosmos series, alone, is too reminiscent for me of how alone I felt watching the original Cosmos: A Personal Voyage all those years ago. But the fact is that those explanations don’t even scratch the surface of the malaise that has crept into my heart and into my soul.
For, despite all the incredible things we’ve accomplished…
The fact is that, for the time being at least, we Americans have allowed ourselves – through our own lack of focus, political infighting, and downright laziness – to become more or less marooned, right here on planet Earth…
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I want ice water.
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