April 14th – “Presidents In Space”
Scary to see images from Syria yesterday after it was bombed by American/British/French forces. What are we to make of it all? Where is it all heading?
I think the best thing we can do for the future of our planet, is round up Donald Trump, Bashar al-Assad, Kim Jong-un, and Vladimir Putin, and put them in a rocket and fire them into orbit. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting this be a one way ticket – a planetary purge of problematic Presidents – but more of a field trip.
Astronauts who return from space, experience something that has been called the “overview affect”. The overview affect is a cognitive shift in awareness when the planet is viewed from space. Astronauts get a perspective that eludes the rest of us. From space, earth is understood to be a tiny, fragile ball of life “hanging in the void”. From space, national boundaries vanish, the conflicts that divide people become less important, and the need to create a planetary society with the united will to protect this “pale blue dot” becomes both obvious and imperative. Astronauts who return from space often commit the remainder of their lives to supporting programs and policies that seek peace and nurture understanding across boundaries and borders.
I think our four menacing world leaders could use a little space-induced cognitive shift.
Now I think about it, why stop at those four guys. We could all use a dose of the “overview affect”, a little reminder that we share a common home, a fragile little ship sailing through a cosmic sea of who-knows-what. It kind of makes sense from that perspective, that we have a common interest in taking care of our home, and taking care of each other. Until the day comes when mass transit to space is available (The Jetsons!), maybe we should all go out and buy a poster of the planet as seen from space. Every day we could look at it and remember;
“it’s not all about me”.