I linked to this video this morning on Facebook, but I wanted to give it a place here as well.
There are several reasons why I think this one has captured my imagination. Here are a few, in no particular order:
- Chris Hadfield. Canadian astronaut and former fighter pilot. I've said elsewhere, I have a feeling he sees with the eyes of a mystic. I once had the honour of shaking hands with Marc Garneau, and I hope to do the same some day with Chris Hadfield.
- The Barenakedladies. Seriously, that's all I need to say.
- The CBC. Despite the issues that come and go the CBC is a national treasure and I'm very thankful for it.
- We Canadians are a reserved lot, but we're proud of who we are. This video makes me proud.
- If you could see our Nation from the International Space Station
You'd know why I want to get back soon
Currently living the life of an expat, this line speaks to me deeply.
- You can't make out borders from up here
Just a spinning ball within a tiny atmosphere
In the last five or six weeks I've made the statement several times that borders only exist on maps and in politicians' minds. Preach it guys. As simplistic as this may sound, I suspect that if we all could see what Chris Hadfield sees when he looks out his window, half of the world's problems would disappear in a puff of smoke.
- What was once fuelled by fear
Now has fifteen nations orbiting together here
This is an incredibly poignant line. Remember Star Wars? Not that one, this one. Notwithstanding the North Koreans, this is how I know we evolve.
- That ball of shiny blue houses everybody anybody ever knew
You know what I'm going to say here, right? We are all connected. Chris Hadfield probably understands that on a level the rest of us will never really know.
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UPDATE: I woke up this morning with an additional thought:
- Commander Hadfield is our eyes in space. Humanity's next move is to a more worldcentric mindset, and from his vantage point he is helping to push us in that direction.