Light Pollution: do we Look at the Heavens, anymore?

Via Waylon Lewis
on May 29, 2010
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Now, we Switch off the Sky.

Since the beginning of human histouniverse spiritual awakeningry man and woman and particularly child have gazed into the night sky, and thought of the Gods or the Heavens and our small, yet powerful place in the spinnings of this precious universe.

The night time sky is one of the most beautiful and profound sights known to man. Deep and endlessly vast and black, not flat and gray as it appears now.

Now, we do not remember our place, our magical yet humble place. We watch movies.

Every summer, as a child, I’ve gone to Vermont or the mountains of Colorado, and I always enjoyed the big sky. No buildings crowding the horizon by day. No lights crowding out the infinity of “up” by night. Now, I watch movies.


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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


4 Responses to “Light Pollution: do we Look at the Heavens, anymore?”

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    Elizabeth L'A
    CAN we look at the heavens anymore? can we get away from artificial light?

    Konnie H
    I had a home in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, west of Las Vegas New Mexico, where the sky was so dark at night, when I walked out doors I felt as if I could reach up and touch the milky way…until the coyotes yelping up the driveway sent me shivering back inside. Beautiful! It is still that way, in that place.

    Colin Wiseman
    In the last 10 years maybe more, I have only see a full night sky of stars once. Aviemore in Scotland, it was just amazing. We should have 1 night a week where all street lights are dimmed or turned off, even if it's only for a couple of hours the views and savings would be worth it.

    A Centre For Metamorphosis
    what a great idea colin.

    Matthew L
    I'm with you. It'd be great if there was a day like that.. er night rather. The night sky is too beautiful to be left unnoticed by so many

  2. Konnie H
    Yes! In some places, like rural New Mexico, you can still reach up and touch the milky way.

    Debbie P
    On a clear night in the Adirondack mountains in New York we can see the constellations. We get lots of use out of our star charts, identifying them all.

    Wm E G
    I try to go out at least once a week here in rural Vermont and stare at the heavens. It really is such a wonderful feeling to look into the vastness and wonder and also feel so connected to it all.

    Pat B
    Yes…even in Houston, the heavens are spectacular (when you can see them).

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