Global Consciousness

Posted: March 20, 2015 in politics, science

top10_6_schmitt_hfIt seems when a poet needs material to write about and nothing deep can be found, he turns to the Universe for inspiration, The Universe is a wonderful subject to pontificate about because few are capable of understanding its vastness. And those that do have an understanding of the mysteries are usually unable to express it.

That was the benefit of our Manned Lunar Project of the 60’s and 70’s. Finally Man was able to view the world from a distance. Although they were 230,000 miles from home and traveling into the emptiness of space , they all looked homeward and marveled at the sight of the Earth so far away. And when they did that, they were all struck by a deep revelation and gained an understanding of our planet that few have experienced.

Having ignorant men on the U.S. Congressional Science subcommittees is not anything new. Science is still suffering in their hands. Even when the achievements of NASA were at their peak over 40 years ago, the frustrations with the Senators and Congressmen by the astronauts, who had experienced seeing the fragile earth from their unique perspective, were being expressed. Few could describe it poetically.

This quote from Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell expresses these frustrations perfectly.

You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, “Look at that, you son of a bitch.”

Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut, People magazine, 8 April 1974 

Picture Credit: NASA Johnson Space Center, Schmitt_(NASA-JSC)


  1. It’ll never happen….just like all the wisdom carried in the heads of the grandparents will never be shaken out and shared with youths who need to hear it… invincible egoists learn from slow revelations laced with the pain of knowledge when the opposite could be true if we trust ourselves to move toward self-improvement through acts of love and generosity and kindness and humility…


    • You are so right. They think because it is snowing there is no climate change. They think NASA should be studying the atmosphere of Mars but not studying the atmosphere and climate change of our own planet. The last I knew we were still part of the solar system. Some of the men on the science committees believe the Earth and planets were created in 6 days. What possible good is their contribution besides obstruction?


  2. EXCELLENT, J!!!
    Wow. Edgar Mitchell’s words are right on! Too bad nobody listened to him, and things didn’t change. 😦
    How he felt…I get a sense of that every night when I walk and stare at the moon and stars and vastness of the beautiful sky! 🙂 It seems to put problems into perspective. And makes me grateful to be a small part of it all. I smile and feel gratitude. 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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