While some would seek to divide us by physical borders, political ideology, caste identity, or religious moralism, in the larger reality there are no borders. We are all made of the identical stardust, subject to the same universal laws, and given the freedom to love unconditionally, or to define and defend our exclusions.
This video is another reminder of our very small community. When looking down at the pale blue planet, astronauts have described an overwhelming sense of fragile sacred unity. Here’s a musical offering to the greater reality of our planetary lives together — songwriter Ed Robertson in duet with I.S.S. astronaut Chris Hadfield, with live choir.
“You can’t make out borders from up here,
Just a spinning ball with a very tiny atmosphere.
All black and white just fades to gray,
Where the sun rises 16 times a day.
What once was fueled by fear,
now has 15 nations orbiting together here.
So sing your song, I’m listening.
Out where stars are glistening.
I can hear your voices bouncing off the moon.”
One astronaut said, “When we originally went to the moon, our total focus was on the moon. We weren’t thinking about looking back at the Earth. But now that we’ve done it, that may well have been the most important reason we went.” A twenty-minute documentary explores in stunning HD the “Overview Effect” experienced by astronauts. I would suggest that accelerations in global-virtual connection are creating a similar kind of social overview effect: re-wiring our “sense of place and being” from local-tribal to global-concurrent-participatory.
“We have to start acting like one species with one destiny. We are not going to survive if we don’t.”