“For my part I know nothing with any certainty but the sight of the stars makes me dream.”
— Vincent Van Gogh
Ecohart Tolle writes about the wonder we feel at the hugeness of the sky. Yes! Particularly at night. Some people feel fear – it's just too enormous. They feel dwarfed and there's primitive fear of danger and the unexpected. Anything could happen at night!
We live capsulated lives now. In little boxes, venturing out in smaller boxes to reach another box. Sometimes, we can do it all underground and never see daylight as we work under white pulsating lights.
What have we lost? Now we connect electronically, having lost cadence and gesture. We look down as we scurry, thumbs working like ants. We have noise, vibration from fridges to aircraft. We are enclosed by tunnels, roads and doors.
Drowned by city lights, we no longer see the great arc of stars. We don't stand alone, vulnerable and awed, stars tossed above us like spangled gauze. Is the price of civilization losing our souls?