Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Hope in high places

We Homo sapiens need to pause and congratulate ourselves. Our species once again soared to its highest and best with the upgrades to the Hubble Space Telescope. For 11 days our astronauts demonstrated just how good we can be when we dare to leave our planet in search of how we fit into the cosmic puzzle. The seven brave astronauts of the STS 125 shuttle mission, and those now living in the International Space Station, remind us just how great is our potential. The Hubble Space Telescope pictures have taught us much and offer to us as many questions as answers. Mostly we simply look at them with awe and wonder.

Our progress as a species seems slow and our problems go unsolved as we fail ourselves time and again. But last week we could take our eyes and ears away from the news events that degrade us as a species. We know that we muddlers are so much better than our daily behaviors suggest. We wonder why we have to fight wars with the ignorant few who would like us to regress to a seventh-century existence. But fight we must.

On the light side, the astronauts wanted to watch a DVD movie during Friday's weather delay for landing. They couldn't get it to work! So console yourselves. Computer illiteracy exists in very high places.

Steve Pauley


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