“From our orbital vantage point, we observe an Earth without borders, full of peace, beauty and magnificence. And we pray that Humanity as a whole can IMAGINE a borderless world, as we see it, and strive to live as one in Peace.”
– William McCool
(Astronaut – died on February 1, 2003 over the southern United States when Space Shuttle Columbia and her crew perished during entry.)
McCool had requested John Lennon’s song Imagine to be his ‘space song.’ His vision of what the world could be is inspiring.
I can only IMAGINE what he saw. A tremendous sense of power! Mixed with the realization that we are only specks of dust in the wind. Yes I can fathom how that view of our world could inspire him.
This image is a space image over Turkey. Looking at it I can visualize humanity as one borderless world.
I can picture a world where our country is no longer wrapped up by its own limited borders. I can imagine the self-created boundaries disappearing – no longer seperating us. No longer keeping us away from the others. All of a sudden I can picture an Indian in the Amazon jungle that much closer to me. I can visualize that starving child in Ethiopia as close as my own son.
All humans living as one. Yes, I can imagine that! Maybe one day I will be present to that level of magnificence.
On the fringe is where life lives.
Sitting in the middle,
on the fence, life passes us by.
In the middle
we survey the world around us.
We look around and see
life going by.
We can spend all our existence
sitting on the fence without
really living life.
Ahh! But on the edge
life is really lived.
Here we can see the
beginning and the end.
Standing at the Rock of Gibralter
we can feel the Alpha & the Omega.
Here we can nude celebrities
see the boundary
of our earth only because
of the darkness of space.
It’s all black & white.
Only in the darkness of space
can we define the radiance
of the all mighty sun.
Only because a flower pops up from
the ground can we visualize
life in a deserted world.
So too by defining this edge
can we really see our humanity.
We can only define love
by its opposite – hatred.
Only when love starts can we really say
that hatred has ended.
Only peace can stop war dead in its track.
Only an “I’m sorry” can ease the
pain created by negative words.
Your words are your power
only on the edge can you really
distinguish the brilliance
of your word.
Give your words meaning.
Give them power & significance
Give yourself integrity.
“Say what you mean and mean what you say”
– Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.