Space ships that pass in the night….

Every now and again, something happens to you that simply puts the insignificance of life into perspective.  I am not a philosopher,  neither am I a religious person in the formal sense, because I don’t subscribe to any sectarian or religious point of view (beyond accepting that the natural order of things in the world which we inhabit is attributable, shall we say, to the influence of the Great Architect of the Universe ). I never wished for the moon, either metaphorically, or as a physical goal, though the night sky has always fascinated me and made me feel guilty that I have had neither the time, nor indeed that particular intelligence needed, to get to grips with astronomy. The past few days have been blessed with good weather and, for the most part, clear, cloudless skies  during the couple of hours following sunset. This co-incided with regular passes over southern England by the International Space Station, moving fairly rapidly across the sky from west to east, and visible for perhaps three or four minutes on each pass.  It appeared as a very large bright light  in the west, and as it came overhead it was easily the largest object in the darkening sky – much bigger indeed than even the planet Venus which was visible towards the westerly horizon.  I watched in awe ( a feeling repeated each time I saw it) as it seemed to hurl itself across the dark blue velvet on a relentless journey round and round the Earth. Put up there by humans, like some mega-Ikea project, and almost as large as a football pitch, it dazzled as it hurtled above my head.

It suddenly occurred to me at one point that there were actually people on board that celestial craft – perhaps peering through the windows of their living quarters, and wondering what was happening down there on Earth.  It was at that point that I realised my true insignificance  and the fact that whatever we think we do well as individuals, it pales into insignificance alongside the realisation of a massive co-operative human endeavour like the International Space Station up there in the sky like some huge, gangling collection of solar panels. The whole experience reminded me of an old Welsh saying: “Well gen i edrych arno fo, i weld os ydi o yn edrych arna”i, nag iddo fo edrych arna”i, i weld os ydw i yn edrych arno fo…”“Better for me to look at him, to see if he is looking at me, rather than for him to look at me, to see if I am looking at him!”

Individually, it seems we really are insignificant in the grand scheme of things……

(First posted 8 July, 2010, before blog was corrupted and had to be re-built)

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7 Responses to Space ships that pass in the night….

  1. Llyr says:

    Greetings from the NAG! Like your last dit about the old welsh saying, we have a similar one here about certain people not too far across the oggin from us…… Must admit though, I did at one point wonder whereupon leadest thou thine horse!!!!!!!!
    vy 73/88 de GCID (see it’s quiet on the eight to twelve at night!!!)

  2. admin says:

    Henffych! and many thanks for the greetings from that far-flung (and rather warm) corner of the Gulf………..Glad you liked the quote of the “hen ddywediad” – one of your Taid’s, as I remember (well it would be wouldn’t it! Don’t be concerned if you ever wonder where I am sending my horses in this blog ……after all, it clearly states a “health” warning at the top – namely “The ramblings…….” (and when did I ever need any encouragement to ramble ….or rwdlian?).
    Good to have you on board again….and please keep coming back!
    Vy 73/88 de GCZK ………and will reply to your e-mail on the morrow :)

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