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Rene Daalder
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    Space is the place
    "Space is the place," Jazz musician Sun Ra famously proclaimed while adorning himself like the Sun God Ra as he conducted his musical rituals in the communal living space he shared with his band and following in the heart of Philadelphia.

    Space is the imaginary place in which some of the world’s most successful entertainment franchises, like Star Wars and Star Trek take place, establishing vast communities of intensely loyal fans in the process.

    Space is the void where the faithful of different cultures and religions hope to one day find salvation behind the pearly gates of a heavenly kingdom, in paradise, or in the Otherworld where according to Welsh mythology the departed souls reside.

    The world’s great churches with their skywards-reaching ceilings are designed as containers of holy space where godliness holds the flock in its inspirational embrace from above.

    Space is where the world’s first astronomers discovered the constellations that
    may define our astrological character traits while greatly influencing the fate of our earthly existence.

    Space also figures prominently in the mythology underlying the controversial religion of Scientology which holds that our past lives on other planets continue to be a source of negative influences on the mind and spirit in the present.

    Many scientists agree that space is where we come from. Indeed, as charismatic astronomer Carl Sagan would famously phrase it, there’s a good chance that we are actually “made of starstuff,” and, given our avid space exploration, we appear to be destined to return there one day.

    Space is the distance humans traversed to experience their first awe-struck glimpse of the pale blue dot on which we live. This prompted visionary architect Buckminster Fuller to coin the endearing term “Spaceship Earth” as he looked at our orbiting planet with great concern because then, as now, we were threatening to blow it to smithereens.

    Space is an ever shrinking commodity on Earth, where only the rich can afford a sizable piece of it while the poor are forever pushed towards the outskirts, locked out of paradise once again.

    To be a one planet species has often been considered a great liability for the human race, and NASA’s back-up plan to expand our human presence in space
    comes down to the simple directive, “We’re out of here!”

    The era’s push for space migration was informed by Gerard O’Neill’s book The High Frontier in which the author proposes to build space colonies, orbiting between he earth and the moon, where the inhabitants might avoid some of the mistakes made on the besieged mother planet as they would start over with a clean slate.

    In space some people suspect evil to lurk in alien worlds, while others are speculating on a Higher Intelligence that may one day illuminate us, unless these extraterrestrials would treat us with the same lack of respect we afford other species who we consider to be lower ranking life forms. Indeed, some humans take their arrogance so far as to believe that we are the only intelligent species in an otherwise infinitely vast realm of empty space.

    Space is a mindset, ranging from the “spacey” mental states of a drug-addled brain to the sheer exaltation of transcendental minds like William Blake who observed infinity in a grain of sand; not to mention the turned on mind explorers of the ‘60s who expanded their minds to the furthest reaches of consciousness
    from where they reported back that “we are all one” and “everything is connected.”

    Between inner and outer space now lies a third realm which, for lack of a better word, we are calling cyberspace. This vast tangle of technology spans the globe like an invisible web that will eventually encompass all of us. Although there is no vantage point from where we can look at it, the fact that it is indeed a space can be measured by its potential to replace massive amounts of the “real” world with a virtual realm where we will be conducting an ever larger part of our lives in pursuit of new mythologies.

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    richard     Wed, Apr 4, 2007  Permanent link
    Both Sun Ra and John Coltrane had the right idea, i.e., John Coltrane's prolific recording, "Interstellar Space".
    ParanoidMystic     Mon, Feb 4, 2008  Permanent link


    - Quasimoto of Madvillain, quoting Sun Ra
     
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