I have written before here, here, and here – among other places – about the lack of evidence of intelligent life elsewhere in our Galaxy. But recently I watched a potentially game-changing science documentary on Netflix that seems to be critically relevant to the issue of the existence of life, intelligent or otherwise, in our or any other galaxy. The Netflix documentary, which is quite accessible to people with little or no technical knowledge of astronomy or astrophysics, is entitled, somewhat melodramatically, The Real Death Star (hereafter Death Star). I watched Death Star, and began to formulate my own speculations about the possible effects of gamma ray bursts in any galaxy unfortunate enough to suffer one, in particular, the unfortunate consequences for life in general – and in
"What distinguishes faith in ourselves from conceit is the fact that conceit lays claim to specialness, while our fundamental nature is not personal -- it's universal, it's shared." -- Sharon Salzberg Photo credit: "What a night," Klemen Vrankar.
"I use the term radical in its original meaning--getting down to and understanding the root cause. It means facing a system that does not lend itself to your needs and devising a means by which you change that system."--Ella Baker I woke up on the social worker side of the bed this morning. When I found this quote, it shook me. Yes, we need to stand in solidarity with others, but sometimes we need to face a system doesn't meet OUR needs. Make the struggle personal. That will give you strength to go on when the battle seems never ending. When the headlines get too overwhelming, focus on your own battle. Keep on fighting.