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VAN HORN, TEXAS - JULY 20: Jeff Bezos holds the aviation glasses that belonged to Amelia Earhart as he speaks during a press conference about his flight on Blue Origin’s New Shepard into space on July 20, 2021 in Van Horn, Texas. Mr. Bezos said he brought the glasses with him on the flight. Mr. Bezos and the crew that flew with him were the first human spaceflight for the company. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

I may have made a mistake. Yes, another one. Color me human.

I’ve been ranting to friends about the ridiculousness of billionaires’ recent space shenanigans. Why are they spending all that time and money to blast off into the cosmos when there are so many things that need to be addressed right here on Earth.

Then I saw William Shatner‘s reaction when he returned from his ten minute ride into the stratosphere, and I thought “Hmm. Wait a minute. Maybe sending these wealthy folks into space isn’t such a bad idea after all.”

I’ve heard a few people claiming Shatner was “acting” (as though he can); that it was all a sales pitch for Jeff Bezos‘ new tourism venture.

I’m not so sure.

There’s something that happens to humans when we get that far away from the planet. We’re able to see Earth from a much different perspective. There’s a shift in awareness. There’s even a name for it.

“The overview effect”.

That shift has been recognized since astronauts first began exploring outer space.

So now I’m finding myself wondering, if many of those wealthy enough to make that trip have that same shift in awareness, seeing the fragility of Earth and its inhabitants, might they start paying their fair share in taxes? Might they participate in undoing the inequities on the planet? Because nature provides more than enough for everyone here. It’s just not being distributed equally.

Don’t believe me? The next time you cut open an apple or a cucumber, how many seeds has nature provided in that fruit to feed us?

Here’s an article with video on “The Overview Effect”.

Something profound happens when astronauts see Earth from space for the first time

Seeing planet Earth from space can cause a shift in awareness, according to NASA astronauts. This state of mental clarity is known as the "overview effect," in which the viewer becomes overwhelmed and awed by the size of Earth. A video by creative organization Planetary Collective called "Overview" shows this effect through space footage and the words of Apollo astronauts.

 

 

Here’s Prince William’s advice to our traveling billionaires:

Prince William Criticizes Billionaire Space Race; Says Focus on Saving Earth

Britain's Prince William has criticized some of the world's richest men for using their wealth to fund a new space race and space tourism rather than trying to fix the problems on Earth instead.