The reason I’m making Outside In

Context… perspective… a sense of irony… an awareness of things beyond personal and collective ego. These are things that we all find helpful. However, a visit to the Ciclops website to see the latest cool close-ups of Enceladus turns up some grump complaining about the Middle Eastern sounding names for features on the moon especially since our “In God We Trust” US tax dollars pay for these images.

Sigh…

I suppose the fact that a number of towns here in the good old #1 USA have the same names (Cairo, Damascus etc.) somehow escaped the grump adn that in those towns, law-abiding, god-fearing Americans pay taxes. I suppose the grump would like all those names changed as well. And if you really want to get rid of any Middle Easternish stuff, well there are something core things that permeate every area of our lives, including stuff invented right near Damascus…

Written language…

Mathematics…

And on and on and on. But, the basic problem with pointing this stuff out to people is that words, arguments, essays don’t change minds. It’s our experiences in life – people, events, joy, suffering etc. that form our belief systems. So arguing with the grump will simply waste time almost all the time.

The only thing we can do is try to create experiences where people can gain a greater perspective, awareness, and consciouness. “Outside In”, in a very small way, is trying to do just that. I’m tring to create a 42 minute experience without imposing a specific agenda other than raising the questions.

Hopefully, some people who experience these images of other worlds (and our own) from new perspectives, at the right sense of scale, will perhaps think a little differently about space, exploration and understanding ourselves in context our of cosmos.

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