Let’s talk about why nobody talks about the stars – the stars in the sky and why everyone talks about the stars – Movie stars, rock stars. From my vantage point, this is a conspiracy against human intelligence and extra-terrestrials are involved. What else can possibly explain the iconic irony and such a superficial way of living? Just kidding. No seriously.
The first man and women were an exception to the aforementioned harebrained lifestyle. When they walked the earth, they knew instinctively to pay heed to the stars in the sky. They found their gods in the sky, and in that, they were uncannily more cleverer and evolved than today's average man. They were ingenious in making that connection and in understanding the significance of the stars. That the origin of human existence was related to the sky and the stars and that we wouldn't exist if it weren't for the inhabitants of the sky - was a giant leap in human thought for the earliest man and woman.
What made them turn to the sky? Lack of TV and movies, some of you might say. Sure, the fastest and easiest way to kill a human endeavor and human spirit is to expose it to a television. But, thankfully, the earliest man lived in times when nothing remotely superficial lurked around. Curiosity led to wonder which led to studying and observation. This journey from ignorance towards enlightenment was a road they deliberately chose with the intent of survival.
In their quest for staying alive, the earliest man and woman read billions of wonderful stories from the sky and the stars. Some of it were scientific, some occult, some religious, some geographical, some philosophical and some meteorological. So, since the dawn of civilization, the sky has spawned legions of philosophers, painters, poets, musicians, physicists, astronomers, scientists, soul seekers - all awed and overwhelmed by the beauty, mystery, vastness and silence of our cosmos.
The concept of navigation and weather, day and night was born after countless nights of observing the pale, blue, black ocean above us. Constellations were charted, planets, solar systems, galaxies were discovered. The trail of discovery, since then, has not stopped and will not stop till we cease to exist. But this is not enough and is certainly not befitting of a race that prides itself on being intelligent and adventurous. The sky should not be reading material or inspiration material just for a handful of scientists and artists. It should be part of every human being's life because it has the most wonderful stories and experiences to offer. And currently, we trade that for a madman's shopping spree or a bunch of movies? We clearly are an absurd race with strange priorities.
Step outside and gaze at the sky. Take a good, solid look at the brilliant burst of colors at sunrise or sunset, look at the clouds, the moon, the stars, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Orion, Scorpius and other constellations, galaxy clusters, milky way and whatnot. Observe what comes to mind - boredom or a sense of wonder? Is your heart stirred or put off? Do you feel a sense of wonder, awe and humility? Are you looking for an extra terrestrial civilization? What kind of questions are dancing in your mind - Why are we here? How were the stars formed? Why does the universe exist?
Do you get a sense of how fragile, fleeting, frail, rare and inconsequential human existence is? When you have kids, do you want their eyes to take in TV or do you want them to be amazed by what's up in the sky and get curious about nature?
I have a bone to pick with the modern man. Our self-indulgence and luxury, "growth and progress" has dimmed and obscured the glory and beauty of a night sky. When one looks at it, all one sees is a dark ocean. Its a far cry from the fiery and fierce show of billions of stars and galaxies blazing through the night sky. The sky reveals to us the most beautiful, startling and counter intuitive stories - that our universe is expanding, that black holes are for real, that stars evolve and die, that the dim echo of Big Bang still exist, that the fabric of space-time is curved in direct proportion to the mass of the body inhabiting the space-time coordinates and several such wonderful realities. Someday, maybe we could see a wormhole and travel through time. With the promise of a great adventure, mind-boggling mysteries, and the most profound truths about our existence and our cosmos, the sky calls out to us.
Most importantly, do people understand that they wouldn't exist without stars? That they owe the chemistry of their body to the nuclear fusion within the stars? Nature's imagination cannot be outwitted by man's imagination. Nature's soothing beauty cannot be outdone by the most accomplished artist. Nature's mysteries are far more profound than any man-made mysteries. Nature is far more elegant than man could ever imagine. So, why, is our race taking a step backward, shunning the sky and the stars and getting ready for a TV marathon and a dull, shallow existence?