I’ve always limited my thinking about outer space because, frankly, its vastness gives me a headache. But I recently listened to a story on NPR, ‘Space Chronicles’: Why Exploring Space Still Matters, that made me reconsider this avoidance of thought.
Author and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson “argues in his new book “Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier,” that if America’s leaders don’t invest more in NASA, if they give up on bold missions to the moon and Mars, students are less likely to dream about discovering, and they’re not going to be as interested in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.”
This made me think about the ways in which I personally, and we as a country, have blocked our own innate condition to dream and to imagine, and how doing so deprives ourselves and each other of our own greatness.
To me, outer space is too much. Too big. It makes me feel too small. So I excuse myself from thinking about it because it scares me. But, as timing would have it, I am spending a lot of time lately looking a the ways fear stands in the way of living in one’s own truth. And considering that, in fact, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” – Marianne Williamson
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Postscript: I finished this post and went to watch some “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” Low and behold, the guest is Neil degrasse Tyson, author of “Space Chronicles.” It’s a great interview and this guy is awesome. Watch for yourself here.