or How To Look At Things From a Different Perspective
I've taken such a great interest in astronomy and cosmology, that I sprung for a telescope and much of the periphery including a huge battery pack that can power the scope, a heated dew shield and an espresso maker at 2am out in the middle of nowhere under the darkest skies, not content any longer to be a faithful naked eye observer.
Why? Because earth has gotten me down more than usual and I have GOT to see what else is out there.
It's not enough that humans are fucking over the planet, but God himself is also against us. Sure, I whine about the 12 inches of drought halting rain we've gotten in the northeast this looooong week (thank you God, the lawn looks fabulous a few weeks from a killing frost, so you can turn it off now), but it doesn't compare to the current catastrophe in Pakistan. It seems like California could use some of our watery blessings, Lord. Doesn't God have a clue about moderation? Like Jon Stewart said to God after hurricane Katrina, "What part of "God Bless America" don't you get?" But I digress in all my blondeness.
After reading Morford this morning, How To Endure Disaster Fatigue- Too much death and catastrophe and war? Spirit overloaded? There is one thing you can try and noticing how his philosophy mirrors mine, I am not alone in the belief that no matter how much the world gets you down, the universe is always out there and it's always just beyond the grasp of human thinking... and there is nothing that the bushistas or any humans can do to fuck with it. Just when scientists think they've got it pegged, it continues to stun and amaze us. HUDF-JD2 has been discovered- the oldest, most distant galaxy (thanks Hubble) which was formed when the universe was born. Morford quotes Nigel Sharp, program officer for extragalactic astronomy and cosmology at the U.S. National Science Foundation to cheer you up: "One of the standard problems with the universe is that it's large enough that unlikely things happen pretty often."
When I am down and blue, I like to listen to Eric Idle's "Galaxy Song" (MP3) and sing along too (words).
And our galaxy is but a spec of dust in the universe.
And unlikely things happen pretty often! Yay!