12/29/22 – A reality check on a question that should never have been asked
Inspired and inspiring.
This is beautiful, Jason. Thank you
The subject of this week's essay has been on my mind a lot lately. Earlier in the year, William Shatner returned from a ridiculous celebrity space shot with a surprisingly worthwhile insight. The man who, for my generation, embodies the idea of space travel, other worlds, "to boldly go...", saw nothing but cold emptiness and death in the vacuum of space. He understood then that the earth was our beautiful, fragile and only, home. Shortly after, I came across the Grateful Dead's Standing on the Moon, and the song seemed to fit that idea perfectly. So now I'm learning that song and hope that one of these days I can share it with you and Heather. Best wishes to you both in the New Year.
Wonderful insight, grace, lyricism and truth is in your essay. I greatly enjoyed reading it! What a good and timely reminder of our true status as one intelligence among many equals and not primus inter pares at that, but rather stupid actually, as we murder our own kind while doing the same to the Great Community. Tragically stupid course, but you and your writings are helping in turning our course.
An essay in the best tradition of naturalist writing I think.