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Ancient galaxies from Hubbel Telescope - and young people who will never see their images

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Hubble Space Telescope photograph

Hubble Space Telescope photograph by Lawrence Morgan

Images from Deep Outer Space

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/25/hubble-xdf-extreme-deep-field_n_1914060.html

These beautiful images, which were released yesterday, are so incredible that a person could spend hours (or even days) looking at them - they are a very different and distant world compared to our everyday life. We don't even have the language to really describe them. Perhaps poetry is the best language.

Don't you feel like meditating on them?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19728375

Yet there are also black holes which scientists know very little about. Shouldn't we meditate on them too?

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=m87-jet-eht

Yet, on this earth right now, people in Syria are killing each other, in terrible, terrible situations

In countries such as Syria, most young people will never see these images before they die, often of torture. Something terrible is happening there, and we - hard to believe - can not act responsibly to help solve the problem.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/sep/25/children-zaatari-camp-syria-war?newsfeed=true

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-19709041

Many readers feel that what is happening in Syria is not our concern. But I do not agree.

If we can see these images from deep in space, close to what we think are probably the beginnings of the solar system, surely we can help to solve this terrible crisis in the Middle East.

Consider, for example, the words of Karen Armstrong, who is a scholar and activist in Christianity, Judaism and Islam:

As well as the following:

Now I wonder... what do the torturers of these young people (or anyone, for that matter) think about for the rest of their lives? Is it in their consciousness forever? How do they deal with it?

Comments

beatrice 1 year, 6 months ago

The Big Bang was probably started with a conflict over differing religions.

Yes, it is sad that all people of the world do not have the luxury of spending their time looking at amazing photos of distant galaxies, or even writing opinions on trivial matters on the LJWorld site. However, America is NOT the world's police. We can't solve the problems of the world's nations nor should we be expected to. And when we do the right thing and assist in the overthrowing of a dictator, sometimes it still comes back to bite us in the backside (see Libya). Since the issue in Syria involves people fighting one another, Syria needs to ultimately fix the problems facing Syria.

However, I do wish you good luck in finding peace for the world.

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Liberty275 1 year, 6 months ago

"We don't even have the language to really describe them."

Galaxies, nebulae, stars, planets, moons, asteroids, meteorites, airplanes.

What language do you people speak?

"Don't you feel like meditating on them?"

A night a week or so. I even learned how to tell what the little shiny things are.

"Yet, on this earth right now, people in Syria are killing each other, in terrible, terrible situations"

Brits (including those destined to become Americans) killed each other in the revolutionary war. That's the price some will pay for freedom and the price some will pay to take it away.

"Many readers feel that what is happening in Syria is not our concern. But I do not agree. "

I think we should watch them and if they strike our allies, we should pound them. I don't really think we should meddle in their internal affairs unless some faction convinces us to ally with them.

"And I wonder... what do the torturers of these young people... think about for the rest of their lives?"

Probably their service to their cause, and they probably wonder with pride. People that torture are sociopaths and have no empathy for the harm they cause others.

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tange 1 year, 6 months ago

Vision can be so concentrated as to preclude seeing.

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