December 29, 2022
“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.
“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.”
— William Shatner, actor
Is he sad, full of grief, because what we have been taught – for forever – is wrong? Is everything we know, for the most part, contained within an enclosed system? Something to ponder…
What is the firmament? Bible meaning, verses and illustrations: christianity.com…“The definition of the firmament can be essentially summarized as the arch or vault over the earth and sky that separates the earthly realm from what is beyond. Merriam-Webster simply defines the firmament as “the vault or arch of the sky; heavens.””
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That was great. Shatner knows the truth now and that was probably the closest he could get to telling us the truth without getting into trouble. I wish he’d just say it outright but it’s clear he now knows.