The last lines of Alice Ristroph’s article in the following link:https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/08/american-totality-eclipse-race/537318/
“. . . Or perhaps we are not indifferent, but just no more capable than butterflies and bees of seeing the long path and of deciding to change it. The Great American Eclipse illuminates, or darkens, a land still segregated, a land still in search of equality, a land of people still trying to dominate each other. When the lovely glow of a backlight fades, history is relentless, just one damn fact after another, one damning fact after another. America is a nation with debts that no honest man can pay. It is too much to ask that these debts simply be forgiven. But perhaps the strange path of the eclipse suggests a need for reorganization. We have figured out, more or less, how to count every person. We have not yet found a political system in which every person counts equally.”
There is poetry in this article, pain, and passion. Those who cannot see somewhat with the eyes of a poet, never know the beautiful possibility that the Creator of this universe may have had meaningful design planned for the trajectory of this United States total eclipse of the sun well before any one of us was even born.
My ancestry DNA showed that I am 41% German and Swedish, in combination. It, also, showed that I am 2% African and 3% Syrian. The people of the world, in other words, are contained within my blood and my DNA, and I imagine that that fact is true for practically every person existing in the United States of America. Cannot these phenomena in this limitless universe in which we live cause us to understand how silly our attention to race really is? I have no doubt that the spirit of God is not focused on race, but the hearts and minds of humankind.
A comment from a poster on the AJC blog “Get Schooled,” where I posted the above on the day of the solar eclipse, August 21, 2017:
Poster: “Thanks for sharing, MES.
A few days ago I shared the following with friends and others:
Just think, sunspots have been observed to vary in diameter up to around 100,000 miles. Earth? Only 8,000 miles in diameter.
Just think, 1.3 million Earths could fit inside the Sun, just one of “billions and billions” (Carol Sagan) other suns.
Just think, all we are, and all we will ever be, is made of “star stuff” (Neil Tyson).
So why would any of us think we are so significant that we must exist at the competitive expense of others, such as that that reemerged in Charlottesville?
Maybe the world, the U.S. in particular, could use a lot more solar physicists, etc. – people, it would seem, who might lend the wisdom of The Universe to the futility of those who think themselves significant.”
Mary Elizabeth’s response to the above poster’s comments:
“Thank you for sharing those thoughts, also. Of course, we are all significant to the extent that we become one with the universe, or with the Mind and Soul of God.”