Last weekend, I put this post up, without content, however. Fortunately, today, I came across an old quote that goes well with the title. Awesome.
To give some context, I am a sucker for science fiction and space. I haven’t read too much, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get sucked up into the movie, television, or video game lore of this genre. I think the greatest draw of this topic is summed up pretty much in this quote:
We were born to soon to explore the cosmos, and too late to explore the earth. Our frontier is the human mind; religion is the ocean we must cross.
Can’t say that religion is the ocean we must cross, per se, but the first line and a half really nails my sentiments.
Thinking about this puts a lot of things in perspective, for example, how petty our struggles really are. In the grand scheme of things, most of our daily issues, personal problems, or insecurities are so puny. I mean some big things, such as financial crises, morality, and/or duties as a human being remain relevant, but most things seem to fizzle out once you broaden your field of view.
I recently took a ferry ride from Civitavecchia to Barcelona. Even though we were just hanging out in the Mediterranean Sea, the vastness of it all was kind of unsettling. Imagine how ridiculous it must have been for explorers back in the day to decide to just cross into the Atlantic. Took some balls to do that.
Taking things to a more contemporary time, think about the last time you were in a vast middle of nowhere. For me it was when I stared across into the distance at Independence Rock. I sort of just stood there taking the vastness in. Let’s take it a step further. Imagine what a feeling it must have been to be Yuri Gagarin, to be the first to leave our planet. How epic it must have felt to be him, radioing in and saying,
before blasting off. How awesome it would be to reach beyond the atmosphere and see the world as no human before him had ever seen it.
This is why I play Mass Effect.