Monday, December 29, 2014

Thoughts on Gravity and humanity

Can't believe it took me this long to see this mind-blowing movie full of (not perfect) physics and plenty of hard-core survivalism, but I'm glad I did (thanks to my son's request). The survival-in-space theme reminded me of one of my all-time favorite books (The Martian by Andy Weir--soon to be a movie--can't wait--def. see that one in theatre--should have seen Gravity in theatre, too), and it made me think of a few things:
  1. It's amazing how adaptable humans are. I mean, they're floating around in space, for goodness sake. Simply amazing. I can't wait till humans get to Mars (2023, hopefully). Can't imagine setting foot in that red dust. To adapt and expand our horizons is part of what makes us human, I think.
  2. The drive to survive is powerful, but it's really not just about surviving, it's about really living. In fact, the drive to survive is trumped by the need to enjoy life, I think. As Viktor Frankl wrote in that life-changing book: “Those who have a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how'.”

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