The Middle Way
Yet, I took the middle way (ah, the Buddhists would appreciate that!) – catching the 93% eclipse that was in my neighborhood, and inviting others to join in the experience. So what did I learn from this experience, exactly like it was?
What Really Matters
- Cool glasses matter – being able to see sun-light/moon-shadow against a black background made for a surreal experience. I’m also glad that there are scientific people who somehow manage to get the timings and pathways correct so that we actually got to see what we came to see --- although the joke of it being a hoax does radiate chuckles when I think of our lemming behaviors!
Being fully aware matters – even though there wasn’t total darkness, there was the moment when the temperature and humidity dropped precipitously, with an ooh-ah reaction from the crowd. This was the awe moment where a moon that’s 239-thousand miles away and a sun that’s 93-million miles away conspired to change conditions on the earth; and I was merely a cosmic dot in the whole play. I also noticed the impatience of those around me – muttering about why they came so early, then taking quick leave moments after the highlight of a 93% eclipse. I stayed until the sun and the moon went their separate ways – then when I looked around, not only had I been merely a dot in the universe, I was now a mere dot in the now empty field.
Photo - "Solar Eclipse 198" by Rocky Raybell (Creative Commons)