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William Shatner on space

He is an elder, helping steer spaceship Earth, at 90.

“Last year, I had a life-changing experience at 90 years old. I went to space, after decades of playing an iconic science-fiction character who was exploring the universe. I thought I would experience a deep connection with the immensity around us, a deep call for endless exploration.

I was absolutely wrong. The strongest feeling, that dominated everything else by far, was the deepest grief that I had ever experienced.

…the deepest grief that I had ever experienced.

I understood, in the clearest possible way, that we were living on a tiny oasis of life, surrounded by an immensity of death. I didn’t see infinite possibilities of worlds to explore, of adventures to have, or living creatures to connect with. I saw the deepest darkness I could have ever imagined, contrasting so starkly with the welcoming warmth of our nurturing home planet.

This was an immensely powerful awakening for me. It filled me with sadness. I realized that we had spent decades, if not centuries, being obsessed with looking away, with looking outside. I did my share in popularizing the idea that space was the final frontier. But I had to get to space to understand that Earth is and will stay our only home. And that we have been ravaging it, relentlessly, making it uninhabitable.”

1 thought on “William Shatner on space”

  1. Thank u for posting this Rachel. i so agree that I certainly, and a large number of mankind i think, have taken for granted how immensley blessed and honoured we are to be alive on planet earth, in spite of all the chaos around us. It has for me been only in the last few years that i am seeing the wonder and beauty of divinity in even the tiniest dewdrop glistening in tge grass. I am choosing a different belief re earth being our only home tho

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