In a beautiful creation by the Planetary Collective given to the world on the 40th anniversary of the famous Blue Marble photograph taken from space, astronauts Edgar Mitchell, Ron Garan, Nichole Stott, Joff Hoffman, Shane Kimbrough, space theorist Frank White, and philosophers David Loy and David Beaver share their thoughts on the life changing effect of seeing Earth from space has on the psyche. They focus upon the so called overview effect which centers upon the idea that upon seeing Earth from space you become aware that we are sitting on the shell of a fragile ball shielded from death by a tiny thin sheath that is our atmosphere and that we need to take care of Spaceship Earth.
Astronaut Edgar Mitchell compares the effect to a feeling described wonderfully by a Sanskrit phrase: Savikalpa samādhi. This phrase means in essence:
“That you see things as you see things with your eyes but you experience them emotionally and viscerally as it was ecstasy and a sense of totally unity and oneness”
In watching this short film, you become very aware of how most - if not all, astronauts have their mentalities changed during spaceflight and that they all feel a greater responsibility to care for the Earth and a greater sense of awe for the planet as a whole and to the interconnection of life. It is very important that we take the next step in bringing Earth as a whole into our perspective as a species, else I fear we may struggle to deal with the issues of climate change, species extinction and general misuse and waste of our planet.
Via Science and Wonder
More Macklemore, less Robin Thicke.
And yet a huge percentage of Tumblr hates him. Not trying to be confrontational, but could someone please explain to me why this is?
Because he is a straight white guy and Tumblr isn’t always right.
Yup. A lot of people like to ignore all the good things he does simply because he is part of the privileged. Never mind that he flat out acknowledges this in Same Love. (“I may not be the same, but that’s not important.”)