Can you imagine what the cavemen and women thought when they first saw a meteor shower? Or a TOTAL ECLIPSE?
Over the ages eclipses (or is it eclipsi?) were not as they are now––Celestial Entertainment viewed on our Flat Sky screens. They were Holy-shit-the-world-is-ending, panic-making, poo-your-loincloth events.
But it always thrills me to think of that very first moment, the moment that eclipses (sorry) the fear. The essential moment where the original geek stepped out of the terrified throngs and said, “Ahhh, yeah, you know what? I’ve been keeping track and, uhhh, I think I see a pattern here with this thing ... and what’s more, it’s kinda cool.”
We can only imagine many times in history where one voice of reason turned panic into logic, fear into learning.
So often in my life I get asked, “What era would you liked to have lived in?” Don’t even have to ponder this. Like Mr. Peabody and Sherman, I would not pick one era. I would set my Way Back Machine for every thrilling moment in history from Grog the cave man sparking a fire to Steve Jobs linking the globe. I would scalp a front row ticket for “Eureka!!!!” ever single time.
A friend of mine has the most exciting of hobbies. He is an eclipse chaser. I asked him today what he has seen this particular year and he replied, “Nothing. The universe has been quiet.”
Wow. Quiet. Wow. Resting on its laurels, I assume. Who can blame it?
Please check out this link to enjoy previous and future years when the Universe is brazenly showing off.
I give you: Dave Makepeace––Eclipse Guy. Enjoy!!!