"The beauty isn't out there, it's down here, with all of us and Mother Earth."
When 90 year old Star Trek actor William Shatner finally went to space he was overwhelmed by sadness and grief in viewing the contrast between the vicious coldness of space and the warm nurturing earth below. He felt like he was at a funeral, sensing the planet's fragility.
Shatner saw so clearly that there are no borders on our planet except those that we create in our minds and behaviors. All the ideas and concepts that divide us disappear from orbit and the moon. The result was a shift in worldview, and in identity. He discovered that the beauty isn't out there, it's down here, with all of us.
Shatner recommends that everyone take the trip, but it is a little expensive. So maybe we can learn from his experience and change the way we look at the planet and things like countries, ethnicities, and religion. We can connect in shared harmony and shift our focus to all the human things we have in common while respecting what makes us different.
He warns us that this is a chance to rededicate ourselves to our planet, to each other, to life and love all around us. If we seize that chance.
From Psychology Today: Star Trek's Captain on Life and Death as Viewed from Space: