The space shuttle Atlantis sailed past the 120 million-mile mark in space Wednesday and is ready for touchdown today at Cape Canaveral to end its flying career. A few hundred miles to the west, crude oil oozes from the out-of-control oil well that is wreaking havoc in the Gulf of Mexico. What an amazing set of contrasting human events!
The technology of these two events are centuries apart- pumping oil from the earth and flying in orbit around it in a space module.
What does this say about us humans? Perhaps that we think big yet are tightly tethered to the past? One can only wonder what future history books will say about Wednesday, 26 May, 2010. Will it focus on the wonderment of humans in space or of that massive natural disaster created by the same, foolish oil-thirsty people?