Astronauts' quotations from The Ascent of Humanity, by Charles Eisenstein:
From the moon, the earth is so small and so fragile, and such a precious little spot in that Universe, that you can block it out from your thumb. Then you realize that on that spot, that little blue and white thing, is everything that means anything to you-all of history and music and poetry and art and death and birth and love, tears, joy, games, all of it right there on that little spot that you can cover with your thumb. And you realize in that perspective that you've changed forever, that there is something new there, that the relationship is no longer what it was.
When I was the last man to walk on the moon in December 1972, I stood in the blue darkness and looked in awe at the Earth from the lunar surface. What I saw was almost too beautiful to grasp. There's too much logic, too much purpose-it was just too beautiful to have happened by accident. It doesn't matter how you choose to worship God... God has to exist to have created what I was privileged to see.
On the return trip home, gazing through 240,000 miles of space toward the stars and the planet from which I had come, I suddenly experienced the Universe as intelligent, loving, harmonious.
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