In the Hearts of Men

It is also true that we have been given free will; the ability, through thought and action, to choose how we proceed in this life on Earth. She is a living, breathing thing; this Earth we live on. She is our Mother and our responsibility. How do you treat your Mother? What responsibility to you take in her future…our home?

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Immanuel Kant wrote:

We can judge the heart of a man

by his treatment of animals.

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Man has been given a marvelous thing: nature. We are its guardians, caregivers…and, all too often…its destroyers.

Free will

It is also true that we have been given free will; the ability, through thought and action, to choose how we proceed in this life on Earth. She is a living, breathing thing; this Earth we live on. She is our Mother and our responsibility. How do you treat your Mother? What responsibility to you take in her future…our home?

Animals and Men

This is especially true for the animals that we depend on and who depend on us. Unless you are a vegan, they are our food. We must be concerned with how they are raised and brought to our table, their treatment will affect us as well. On the other hand, we have domesticated animals that we call pets. From birds we keep in cages to the horses we keep in barns, but especially the cats and dogs that have become a member of the family.

These animals that we have taken out of their natural environment and brought into our homes. Fido and Fluffy should be treated with the utmost respect, kindness and love. All too often, we see stories of abuse and abandonment. This is a reflection of the heart of their owner. For, as an abuser can do this to an innocent animal, so can it be done to anyone.

Have a Heart

There is a current admonition, “If you see something, say something.”

This applies not only to strange or suspicious behavior in public, but also to those things you may see or be aware of through personal contact. We are each others’ keepers. That goes not only for humans, but for animals…as well as nature.

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How Earth looks from outer space – EarthSky

Astronomy Essentials

If you were looking with the eye alone, how far away in space would our planet Earth still be visible?

Here is Earth from 900 million miles away, from the vantage point of the rings of Saturn. Image via the Cassini spacecraft, which has been orbiting Saturn since 2004.

This image was acquired by Cassini on July 19, 2013. How far away from Earth can we be, to see it still with our own eyes? To answer this question, you have to take into account how brightly Earth reflects sunlight. And the sun itself is an important factor. As seen from any great distance, Earth appears right next to the sun; from a great distance, the glare of our local star would make Earth difficult or impossible to see. But spacecraft exploring our solar system have given us marvelous views of Earth.

So imagine blasting off and being about 300 kilometers – about 200 miles – above Earth’s surface. That’s the height at which the International Space Station (ISS) orbits. The surface of the Earth looms large in the window of ISS. In the daytime, you can clearly see major landforms. At night, you see the lights of Earth’s cities.

Source: How Earth looks from outer space | Astronomy Essentials | EarthSky

Moon and star Antares Tonight

Moon and star Antares near each other on May 15

Tonight | EarthSky

The planet Saturn shines over the southeast horizon at nightfall on May 15, and then the moon and the star Antares follow Saturn into the sky by around 10 p.m. local time (at mid-northern latitudes). At more southerly latitudes, the moon and Antares rise at an earlier hour. Look for the waning gibbous moon and Antares before going to bed on this night.

Antares, the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius, represents the Scorpion’s beating Heart. Beating? Yes, because from our northerly latitudes we tend to look at Antares low in the south, and the atmosphere causes it to scintillate. Thus Antares, a red star, is know to twinkle fiercely.

Antares is a red supergiant star, whose volume is a few hundred million times greater than that of our sun. If Antares replaced the sun in our solar system, its circumference would extend all the way into the asteroid belt in between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

via Moon and star Antares near each other on May 15 | Tonight | EarthSky.

The Breathing Of Earth’s Seasons, As Seen From Space

To create this mesmerizing animated gif of Earth changing with the seasons, designer, cartographer, and data visualization expert John Nelson used a sequence of monthly cloudless satellite images of Earth. The images originate from NASA’s Visible Earth project.

It’s certainly apt that Nelson has labeled the sequence “A Breathing Earth”, because when viewed like this, our planet really does look like a living, breathing system, with all of us contained within it.

via The Breathing Of Earth’s Seasons, As Seen From Space.

No Small Parts…Just Small Minds

We all have our parts to play

No Small Parts, Just Small Minds

We all have our roles our play–parts in the drama of dualistic life on Earth. As children, we dream big, imaging anything and everything that we can this of–it’s all possible. Until, of course, we tell someone–some adult or older child about our dreams.

It’s not that they are “wrong”–they had the same dreams themselves; they also “grew Up” and realized that the world put limitations on what was possible. And, to the extent we believe in those limitations ,they are true. In truth, it is our own minds that create our limitations, downsizing our dreams of what is possible.

In this way, smallness is perpetuated. Once formed, it’s hard to increase the size of our dreams. Baby elephants in a circus are trained to know their limitation of movement by being staked to a fixed point. By the time they’re big enough to pull the puny stake from the ground and escape, they do not even try.

Our minds–or rather the thought that our minds have–hold us captive. Small mindedness captivates humanity, keeping it from fully embracing our greatness and divine potential. We are actually scared to admit it–to ourselves–just how powerful we are.

But, there are no small parts in life to play. Each of us came here to fulfill our divine purpose. we are the ones who assign smallness–lesser authority, power or prestige to these parts. It is your “job”–if you chose to do it–to not accept that you have a small part to play. It is also your responsibility to lift up all those children–of any age–to their personal greatest dream of themselves! Leave smallmindness to others who do not know any better and be the greatest you that you know how to be.

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