How many people in this room have ever had one of those days when everything just… starts out wrong? Wrong side of the bed. Wrong side of the pillow. Whatever. Put your hands up. Raise your hands. That’s what I thought. Every one of you. Now when the world pulls that game with me, I am going to tell you what I do. I savor it. That’s right. Savor it. And let me tell you why. Because you aren’t going anywhere any time soon without a struggle, without a fight, without people doubting you, questioning you, trying to keep you down. Do any of you don’t realize that? What’s the point of succeeding if succeeding is easy? I never got that. Never understood people who wish they were born rich. Never understood athletes who just want to join the best teams. Build your own business. Start your own dynasties. A good start to a day is easy. I want no part of easy. I want the struggle. I want the fight. I want the pain. And then I want the best feeling of all – the feeling that the world did everything it could to beat me… but I won.
Effect of seeing Earth from space on our perspective:
Something happens to you out there. You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it.
– Edgar Mitchell, Astronaut
I felt the world was just… there was too much purpose, too much logic. It was too beautiful to happen by accident. There has to be somebody bigger than you, and bigger than me, and I mean this in a spiritual sense, not a religious sense.
– Gene Cernan, Astronaut
Salva Corpus Amanti – you see things as you see with your eyes but you experience it emotionally and viscerally as with ecstasy and with a sense of total unity and oneness.
From The Overview Institute:
The Overview Effect – For more than four decades, astronauts from many cultures and backgrounds have been telling us that, from the perspective of Earth orbit and the Moon, they have gained such a vision. There is even a common term for this experience: “The Overview Effect”, a phrase coined in the book of the same name by space philosopher and writer Frank White.
It refers to the experience of seeing firsthand the reality of the Earth in space, which is immediately understood to be a tiny, fragile ball of life, hanging in the void, shielded and nourished by a paper-thin atmosphere. From space, the astronauts tell us, national boundaries vanish, the conflicts that divide us become less important and the need to create a planetary society with the united will to protect this “pale blue dot” becomes both obvious and imperative. Even more so, many of them tell us that from the Overview perspective, all of this seems imminently achievable, if only more people could have the experience!
This story really wasn’t about me. It was about everybody that struggles with something. If I could send a message to anybody, it’s not about pole vaulting and it’s not about track. It’s about finding something that makes you happy despite whatever obstacles are in your way.
Every day online, people — especially young people who are not developmentally equipped to handle this — are so abused and humiliated that they can’t imagine living to the next day… I’ve seen some very dark days in my life. It was empathy and compassion from friends, family, coworkers, even strangers that saved me. Empathy from one person can make a difference.