Originally on Home Page: Tuesday, 1-28-14.
The last words heard from Challenger that morning were, “Roger, go at full throttle-up!” Crista McAuliffe, the Teacher in Space, was one of 11,000 teachers across the country, including myself, who signed on for the ride.
Like many other teachers that morning, I rode with her aboard that vessel. I’d been chosen to be Iowa’s alternate teacher, and all of us who signed on to ride the Shuttle that morning were right there with her, in spirit, if not in person.
America seems to be on a collision course, too, as the so-called great, exceptionalist, capitalist (capitalust?) system seems to be chugging down the tracks at full throttle-up toward a full-throttle collision with collapse. Sad.
How does all this apply to light pollution and starry, dark night skies?
We humans have the power to alter the course of our vessels of discovery, like Challenger, Discovery, et al., to apply the brakes of our full-throttled runaway train, to realize what problems lie ahead, but we refuse to do anything to prevent coming collisions.
So, no matter what I write here on this website, light pollution will continue to accelerate at full throttle-up, shining on toward the final death of the starry domain overhead. Sad.
And this morn I mourn the loss of another: Pete Seeger, seeker, singer of truth, died last night, age 94. Thank you, Pete, for all the light your songs sang into my soul and heart, a light much better’n all the light the Corporate Light Blighters, et al., soak the sky with every night in search of ever more $$$$ and power.
Am I Liberal? No! Conservative? No! I’m neither and both. I don’t vote for either party, Rethuglicans or Demonrats. Neither are worthy! I’m liberal on some issues, conservative on others — whatever those two words mean.