stars and the supernatural


Driving home late at night one day, I noticed the full moon: big, white, round: it looks so close by, but it’s really hundreds of miles away.

Each one of us is just a human being lost in this Earth. Just one person out of the seven billion that live in so many different conditions and places: in fancy houses, in slums, perhaps they’re in the prime of life, or maybe they’re dying. 

What are humans anyway? We're just sentimental creatures who make ourselves more beautiful by painting dark black lines above our eyes or by punching holes in our ears.

"Humans are so cute, when we say goodbye we put out arms around each other, and to show we love someone we bring them flowers. We say hello by holding each others hands and sometimes tiny little dewdrops form in our eyes. For pleasure we listen to arrangement of sounds, press our lips together, get drunk off of old fruit. We're all just little animals, falling in love and having breakfast beneath billions of stars." (Source: Allie Owens)

People say that whatever happens, the sun will rise the next day. The moon will be up an night: unless it’s a new moon. But is that really true? Any moment, the moon could be impacted by an asteroid, maybe, and collide into the earth, setting off a huge fire and obstructing our atmosphere with smoke. There are so many scientific explanations that list hundreds of ways that our world can end.

Maybe it isn’t only our world, though: perhaps there is a planet, far away, that’s home to civilizations like us.

This led me to remember a scene from Ender’s Game: the crew of children on the IF (International Fleet) had destroyed the planet of buggers, set it on fire. The entire species is dead, and the genocide weighs heavily on Ender.

“‘I didn’t want to kill them all. I didn’t want to kill anybody! I’m not a killer! You didn’t want me, you bastards, you wanted Peter, but you made me do it, you tricked me into it!’ He was crying. He was out of control.”

Something like this may happen to us in the future: after all, who knew 100 years ago that we'd have little 5 inch by 2 inch glass devices that fit in our pockets and can tell time, contact one another, watch movies, and set off burglar alarms? Anything can happen, and we all are everything but prepared. 

Memento mori. Remember you must die.

For all of us, life may end at any minute. Learn to live it well.

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