everybody in the world needs to see

Everybody In The World Needs To See

Captain’s Log, Stardate 10132021:

“To see the blue color whip by, and now you’re staring into blackness. That’s the thing. This covering of blue is this sheet, this blanket, this comforter of blue that we have around us. We think ‘oh, that’s blue sky,’ and suddenly you shoot through it, like you whip a sheet off you when you’re asleep, and you’re looking into blackness—into black ugliness. And you look down, there’s the blue down there, and the black up there, and there is Mother Earth and comfort, and—is there death? Is that the way death is? It was so moving to me. This experience, it was something unbelievable. It’s one thing to say ‘oh the sky, and it’s fragile’—but it’s all true. This pillow, this soft blue. Look at the beauty of that color. And it’s so thin, and you’re through it in an instant. Suddenly you’re through the blue and you’re into black, what you see is black, and what you see down there is light, and that’s the difference. And not to have this? What you’ve given me is the most profound experience I can imagine. I am so filled with emotion about what just happened. It’s extraordinary. I hope I never recover from this. I hope that I can maintain what I feel now. I don’t want to lose it. I can’t even begin to express. . . what I would love to do is to communicate, as much as possible, the jeopardy. The moment you see the vulnerability of everything. It’s so small. This air, which is keeping us alive, is thinner than your skin. It’s a sliver; it’s immeasurably small when you think in terms of the universe. It’s negligible, this air. It’s so thin. Everybody in the world needs to do this. Everybody in the world needs to See.”

—William Shatner