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Harvest Moon

Nina MacLaughlin
Paris Review
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The ambition on display during recent attempts at space exploration may become dangerous if left unchecked.

  • The human fascination with the moon centers around our pursuit of exploration and desire for independence from Earth
  • First satellite launched into Earth's orbit in 1957
  • Presidents Johnson and Kennedy believed space exploration was among America's most important goals
  • Dwelling in space threatens teases feeling superhuman
  • Recent flights by Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin put on display massive ambitions for immortality and rebellion
  • Old wisdom, such as the story of Daedalus and Icarus, and John 10:14, however, warn against such overambition
  • The further we stray from our home planet, the more we risk underappreciating what we've already discovered.
  • The only way to prevent an Icarus complex from taking hold is to appreciate Earth and our inextricable tie to it
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