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What does it mean to be a Citizen of the stars?

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By Watchtower


“The meek shall inherit the Earth, but not its mineral rights”

It’s another morning in space as the heat from our parent star begins to bake my flight station. The photons, which have taken billions of years to penetrate the surface of our Sun, now unchallenged, discharge themselves into the Universe, taking only minutes to caress my eyes and superheat my DUR’s thin exterior plating. “Always and inch from death”, I chuckle to myself. Yet, this violent, overpowering radiant force, which has taken eons to reach my position, blankets my soul with a sense of calmness.

Purpose!

As a child, I used to have amazing conversations with my Grandfather about our ancestors who struggled to make ends meat in the 20th and 21st Centuries. I recall the smell of rosemary and spices from the galley as he and father would prepare dinner as the women of the family were hard at work troubleshooting electrical issues in the med-bay. They loved to celebrate the ancient rituals of the Earth winter solstice. Like the multitasking maestro that he is, Grandpa would teach me simple truths about the strife of old world politics and how the concept of death shaped their consciousness and warped the belief systems of billions of people, pitting themselves against each other in the name of faceless, imaginative and vengeful Gods while not missing a beat, turning basic ingredients into a meal made with love.

I don’t get to see them as much and I miss them so.

Today, my great Grandparents, Grandparents and Parents are healthy star voyagers. All making their mark across the Stanton system and hopefully, soon, across the galaxy. They, like so many others, have been fortunate enough to live in a time when death is not the end, but is truly just another beginning.

That stated, as beings of the Universe whose lifespans are only as finite as our egos, how do we define the mission of Humanity now that we have edged closer to being a type 1 civilization1? Where is our place among the stars and how do we share it in peace with those beings that we now occupy this vacuum and also with those who we have not yet encountered?

I cherish those family conversations of old. They are a stark reminder for me; should we, as a collective intelligence, forget the lessons of our past during the struggles of the present, that we might foolishly make the same ignorant mistakes and extinguish this gift that we have been given. The gift of true freedom.

The eyes of truth are always watching

In our relatively new found immortality, should we forget or carelessly lose our greatest asset; the gift of empathy, we would no doubt fall from the graces to which we have worked so hard to elevate ourselves. Every planet we inhabit, every moon that we mine and every bounty we collect has a price. The actions we take out in the coldness of space will require much fortitude and, with the strength and callas rage of the old mythical gods, demand balance.

If the scale of our deeds foolishly shifts it’s cosmic weight towards the catastrophic side of ignorance, we will set in motion a cycle of anguish to which our forefathers and mothers’ sacrificed so much of themselves to evade; so that we would not have to suffer or bare the terrible burden which such terror would, without question, destroy our way of life and possibly our race.

What does it mean to be a Citizen of the stars?

To that end, I challenge my readers to ask themselves a simple question; a riddle if you will:

Where were you first made to be Human?

I dare you to look deep inside your fragile Humanity. The answer might not be the same for all. However, it’s consequential importance will be far reaching. Impacting those in a way that will forever shape the galaxy, for danger is coming and without empathy or compassion, doom will envelope us all.


Fly safe and true.



(1) A Type I civilization, also called a planetary civilization—can use and store all of the energy available on its planet.

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Published on 16 May 2020

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