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   Consider the following data:

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Consider:  The FIRST HUMAN AIR/SPACE TRAVEL¹

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WHEN   TRAVELERS   DISTANCE   DESTINATION    COMMENT

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before 1903    0                   0 ft.           Earthbound        no powered flight

1903                 1                852 ft.         Earth to Earth    1st powered flight

1969                 3           240,000 mi.     Earth to Moon    safe round-trip

 

   For thousands of years of humans were “earthbound.” Then in the last 65 years (that is, “last” until 1969) humans grew wings and “took off.”

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   This is something to step back and think about. What an astonishing technological achievement! Think of all the details, trial-and-error events that had to take place. No significant advances in human achievement so great had ever taken place so rapidly in the human species.

   Until the changes of the last 50 years.

   I used to think my grandfather’s generation had experienced the greatest changes ever–from horse-and-buggy to the Moon and back.

   But I was wrong.

   The age of instant information gathering and sharing has trumped² this. And this will change forever–in ways we can hardly imagine–how we look at ourselves and each other³.

   What do you think? And how should we aim our energy? We invite your response.

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   ¹ We’ve dealt with this dramatic change before, but it’s rarely pointed out. So here we go again.

   ² In our current socio/political atmosphere, this verb (remember we look at language, too) may censored out of future academic verbal intercourse.

   ³ Can’t resist a plug for John Knapp II’s novel The Blood of Three Worlds (Ephemeron, 2019, in print or ebook formats) here. The interaction of earthlings with identical humans on Earth-like exoplanets–in a Christian context–is explored here. Science can make a case now for not 9, or 8, planets, but for 4000+ exoplanets, a tiny fraction of which may be Earth-like in a “Goldilocks” (“just right”) zone for life. Such a possibility could open doors to even greater changes in how we look at ourselves and the world around us. (And yes, it case you wondered, the story is a–very readable–romance.)