Space nurtures intimacy with existence
Science today is catching up with ancient philosophers who recognized the interconnectedness of life. Scientists measure energy flow, nutrient cycles and population dynamics to see that changes in one aspect of an ecosystem ripple to affect other aspects. But in our civilized sheltered and frenetic lives, it is hard to see such connections. We drive a car. We drink bottled water. We enjoy our air-conditioned or heated rooms. To us these seem separate things.
But as we reach the edge of space, perceiving the shape of the earth and seeing it's varied hues and textures, forms and shapes, we see that all is connected. This is the gift of the Overview Effect. We return to our primordial roots. We sense the intricacies of nature's networks. Forests connect to deserts. Seas connect to mountains. Rivers connect to lakes. Cities connect to farmland. And in this connectivity we again experience intimacy. Intimacy with nature, intimacy with our fellow human beings, intimacy with ourselves and with existence itself.