Fasten Your Seat Belts

It was a shame in a way that that woman, whatever her name was, from Russia, jumped off into space and had a very successful trip. This is not really surprising to me, because I have long since concluded that women are without question the superior sex. What hurts, however, is that the whole thing was apparently so easy. Some girl parachutist happens by, steps into a space ship, and is off into orbit. If conquering space is going to be this easy, it hardly seems worth so much excitement—not to mention money.

When Grace Kelly’s father won a race at Henley the British handled this so much better. Since he was undoubtedly a commoner, they just concluded that he didn’t win the race, because how could he, you know. Now this woman has come along and taken all the glamour out of space flight.

“Conquering space” is, as we know in our sober moments, a fundamentally ridiculous idea. We are well up in relation to the planet Earth, but we are still nowhere in terms of space. Space has to do with light years. That means traveling at the speed of light (186,000 miles per second), and the only way we can travel at the speed of light is to become light or some other form of basic energy. We might start to conquer space by being turned into units of energy, being fired off into space, and being reintegrated when we arrive at the other end. Apart from the little problem of being reintegrated, we are still faced with distances measured in hundreds and thousands of light years.

The phenomenon of angels is reported here and there, and there is even a kind of systematic treatment called angelology. I was never too clear about such things, but I am impressed by one title: they are called “ministers of light.” This, with their ...

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