Looking Up, With Our Feet Still On the Ground


It is important to look up.

Not just from whatever it is that is occupying our attention at any given moment, but to look up as in “way up” – up to the sky. We spend a great deal of time looking down – at the ground, at what is directly in our path, at all manner of screens, at books, at the trash on the sidewalk. Too often when we do look up we do this because of the rumbling of thunder overhead, and often when we gaze skyward we are treated with a vision of a pollution soaked sky, or a darkness unnaturally illuminated by the constant glow of electricity.

But sometimes, if we are lucky, when we look up we see the stars.

In the last week many were given a fresh reason to look up: the news that the European Space Agency had successfully landed a…

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