What the pandemic has given us is increasing awareness of what we need, and much of that seems to be awareness of caring for ourselves and those we love.
When I hear the word “space”, I think of Star Trek and exploration of the “final frontier”, but when we look within, there’s a beginning frontier to explore, one that appears to open out into a spaciousness in which to pause, renew, rest.
I’ve been with my journals from Nepal in 1993. There was no safety net for the people, and yet those we met had their village, the support of their village. At that time 50% of the children died before the age of five.
I met a man, Donny, who was sick with worry over caring for his six children. His corn was destroyed in the monsoon and he lost his thatched roof but he was proud that his sunflowers survived.
Yesterday, my son asked me about the “good old days”. I spoke of my grandparents who lived through WWI and the depression, and then came WWII. There’s always something to test us.
We are here to see how we meet what comes, and I think of Kathmandu in 1993 where the leaves were swept with brooms, and the floors washed by kneeling. The pace was both rapid and slow, noisy and quiet, and here we are, each of us, wrapped in a world that connects us all.
Tomorrow is a huge day for our country. Democracy is both fragile and strong.
Yesterday I learned about The Robber’s Cave Experiment that was the inspiration for the book Lord of the Flies.
I read that nearly six decades later, experts have called the experiment unethical as it appears to have left lasting mental damage on its subjects. I think as more and more comes out on the danger of what happened on January 6, 2021, each of us is shocked.
And yet on Christmas Day, the James Webb Space Telescope was launched.
According to NASA, “thousands of scientists, engineers and technicians” — from 306 universities, national labs and companies, primarily in the U.S., Canada and Europe — contributed “to design, build, test, integrate, launch and operate Webb.”
Smithsonian Magazine noted that “Webb will help scientists understand how early galaxies formed and grew, detect possible signatures of life on other planets, watch the birth of stars, study black holes from a different angle and likely discover unexpected truths.”
May we more deeply and expansively unite in observing the space within us, as we explore and expand our knowledge of the space we share.