“A flock of sheep that leisurely pass by
One after one; the sound of rain, and bees
Murmuring; the fall of rivers, winds and seas,
Smooth fields, white sheets of water, and pure sky -
I’ve thought of all by turns, and still I lie
Sleepless…”—William Wordsworth, “To Sleep”
“Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleave of care
The death of each day’s life, sore labour’s bath
Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course,
Chief nourisher in life’s feast.”—William Shakespeare, Macbeth
I got home from work a little while ago, and on the walk, it suddenly hit me that while I was learning to make doughnuts and muffins, the world spun through a third of it’s daily rotation.
I don’t know why it was so weird to think about that though, because it does the same thing during the eight hours I sleep. It was probably interesting because I was baking, and not sleeping, and I didn’t actually get enough sleep.
It’s Mother’s day! Or, technically, yesterday was.
I woke up and texted my mom, then called her and talked about the crazy shit that’s been going on in her life recently, and that crap, and it was fun and we talked about the place she was thinking of getting, and it was really nice to know that things are starting to look up for my parents.
And then I had a lazy ass day of reading cracked and procrastinating, and it was fabulous.
Just an aside, my friends often say that we shouldn’t be spending money on space when we have so many problems here on Earth. And I understand that argument. But I think that mentality is flawed. We can’t wait until all of our problems are solved (which they will never be) before doing amazing, inspiring, ambitious things.
If we have nothing great to aspire to, nothing great to fight for, then what do we have? Will we spend the time and energy necessary to make the world a better place if we don’t have great things to aspire to?
I know it’s a complicated issue, it’s almost like talking about the psychology of an entire planet. But I know what drives me to make the world better, and it isn’t knowing how horrible it is. The greatness of the world is what makes me want to make it better, and NASA has done more to uncover and create awesome than any other government agency.