My presentation went very well. The church group was full of kind, educated, and passionate people. It was nice to have an audience that wasn’t full of high school students who thought science was boring!

After the presentation, a woman in the group shared something with me that she found at a conference in Australia just before the Copenhagen summit. I liked it so much that I thought I’d share it here, with her permission.

If the earth
were only a few feet in
diameter, floating a few feet above
a field somewhere, people would come
from everywhere to marvel at it. People would
walk around it marvelling at its big pools of water,
its little pools and the water flowing between the pools.
People would marvel at the bumps on it, and the holes in it,
and they would marvel at the very thin layer of gas surrounding
it and the water suspended in the gas. The people would
marvel at all the creatures walking around the surface of the ball
and at the creatures in the water. The people would declare it
as sacred because it was the only one and they would protect
it so that it would not be hurt. The ball would be the
greatest wonder known and people around would come to
pray to it, to be healed, to gain knowledge, to know
beauty and to wonder how it could be. People
would love it and defend it with their lives
because they would somehow know that
their lives, their own roundness, could
be nothing without it. If the
Earth were only a few
feet in diameter.

-Joe Miller


3 thoughts on “Thoughts

  1. Not sure how to center Drew Dellinger in a comment, but –

    It’s 3:23 in the morning
    and I’m awake
    because my great great grandchildren
    won’t let me sleep
    my great great grandchildren
    ask me in dreams
    what did you do while the planet was plundered?
    what did you do when the earth was unraveling?
    surely you did something
    when the seasons started failing?
    as the mammals, reptiles, and birds were all dying?
    did you fill the streets with protest
    when democracy was stolen?
    what did you do
    once you knew?

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