Tag Archives: Space exploration

The 06/11/13 Joy Jar

11 Jun


Moi went to a NASA exhibit at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle which looked at the history and importance of the space station and space exploration. A major reason some support space exploration is that they want to plant humans as a species all over the universe. That got moi thinking about whether there is something unique about being human. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is the quality of being human.

The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.
George Orwell

There is some kind of a sweet innocence in being human- in not having to be just happy or just sad- in the nature of being able to be both broken and whole, at the same time.”
C. JoyBell C.

The world was made up of people putting one foot in front of the other; and a life might appear ordinary simple because the person living it had been doing so for a long time. Harold could no longer pass a stranger without acknowledging the truth that everyone was the same, and also unique; and that this was the dilemma of being human.”
Rachel Joyce,
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

This is good, life must continue, we are fighting barbarians, but we must remain human.”
David Benioff, City of Thieves

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

I am not a human being; I am a human becoming.


The 06/10/13 Joy Jar

10 Jun


Moi had the great honor and the pleasure to preview the NASA exhibit, Destination: Station at Pacific Science Center in Seattle. The exhibit is totally awesome and does a good job of explaining the role of the Space Station in exploration. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is space exploration.

Science cuts two ways, of course; its products can be used for both good and evil. But there’s no turning back from science. The early warnings about technological dangers also come from science.”
Carl Sagan,
Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

We hold the future still timidly, but perceive it for the first time as a function of our own action.”
J.D. Bernal, The world, the flesh & the devil;: An enquiry into the future of the three enemies of the rational soul

Ever since there have been people, there have been explorers, looking in places where other hadn’t been before. Not everyone does it, but we are part of a species where some members of the species do—to the benefit of us all.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Reaching For the Stars: America’s Choice,
Natural History Magazine, April 2003

I have no doubt that Christians can support the exploration and use of space. The so-called “science commission” in Genesis 1:28 certainly seems to apply to any part of the material creation which God places within man’s reach.

Rev. Paul A. Bartz, Communications Director, Bible-Science Newsletter, October 1990