ISS at Night
This is a fantastic video! Stunning beauty that only a select few will ever get to see, at least at this moment in time. Hurtling around the Earth at 17,500mph (nearly 5 miles per second), gazing down upon the Auroras and looking out into the Milky Way Galaxy.
Humans are barraged with centrisms their entire life, but when one understands the true scale of things, all of those centrisms come crashing down like a house of cards. It is a great lesson in humility when one confronts the beautiful truths the universe has to offer. The problem is getting people to open up and want to understand and learn. But once you overcome that obstacle the domino effect takes over: The thrill of understanding something for the first time is sought more and more. For me, it’s analogous to adrenaline junkies, but for ones mind. And just like adrenaline junkies, not everyone wants to be one (or they can’t for various fears).
All that one can do is share experiences and try to get others involved and engaged. Once you open that door for someone, showing them the wonderful and exciting things about the universe that is hitherto unknown, you’ve become a teacher. You’ve now aided someone in the learning and understanding of concepts — which at one point you yourself didn’t grasp — which builds you as a person. Passing on knowledge (as well as adding more to the pile) is the essence of science; it is a body of knowledge and provides a way of thinking.
Every one of us goes from being a student (about the world or life in general) and ultimately to becoming a teacher. Passion is what fuels any good teacher, be it of morals, history and, you guessed it, science.