Today I read an excerpt of William Shatner’s memoir, Boldly Go in (gulp!) AARP magazine. In it, he wrote about how he thought his travel into space would be “the next beautiful step to understanding the harmony of the universe.” But it wasn’t. Instead, he felt grief. Shatner found that he much preferred the “entanglement” of humanity, and how we are the only species “aware not only of our insignificance but of the grandeur around us that makes us insignificant.”
It made me think of our efforts to protect and nurture planet Earth and how we are not doing enough to ensure that grandeur survives. We live amongst mountains, valleys, oceans, rivers, lakes, forests, deserts, and other beautiful masterpieces of nature. Against those backdrops, we are insignificant. But our contributions are not. The steps we take today, the education we get and give, can have lasting impact on the grandeur that will hopefully survive long after we are gone.
Photo: Flemington, NJ. 11.3.17 by LA
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