WHAT makes man the most suffering of all creatures, according to one philosopher, is that he has one foot in the finite and the other in the infinite, and he is torn by this seeming contradiction.
Those who are willing to travel unfamiliar territory often experience a changed spiritual perspective and reverence for this fragile planet.
One great traveller, astronaut Neil Armstrong, was amazed when he looked out of his space capsule window on his way back from being first man on the moon in July 1969.
“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth,’’ he said later.
“I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.’’
Another moon walker, James Irwin, was also moved at seeing the Earth from his capsule.
“As we got farther and farther away it diminished in size. Finally it shrank to the size of a marble, the most beautiful marble you can imagine. That beautiful, warm, living object looked so fragile, so delicate, seeing this has to change a man. I felt the power of God like I’d never felt it before.”
When patterns are broken there is a chance for new worlds to emerge.