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So, let us, while we still can see Terra easily, not a dim dot in the night sky but a thriving world all around us, let us thank her for being our first home.
So, let us, while we still can see Terra easily, not a dim dot in the night sky but a thriving world all around us, let us thank her for being our first home.
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I remember my first home. I lived with my parents, my brother, my sister and my dog in a suburban home in the East end of Ottawa, Ontario. When I am in the neighbourhood, I still drive by the home, now sold to another family. Just a quick glance and the confirmation that the house is still there is reassuring.

I wonder if millions of years from now, our descendants will look up into the sky and try to locate the approximate location of Sol. If they are even a few dozen light years away, it may be quite a dim star in their sky, being a yellow dwarf. In our night sky, especially in our light polluted night sky, we can see few stars further than 600 light years away and those are generally red and blue giants not yellow dwarves. So they may have difficulty finding Sol in a Milky Way teaming with much brighter objects.

Still perhaps they will find a dark place and look up into the night sky and, using a star chart or some other aide, they will locate Sol and feel reassured that he is still there and orbiting him so must be Terra, our first home.

But just as I rarely visit my old neighbourhood despite the fact that it is only about 5 km away, they may rarely think of their first home. They may spend more time thinking about their next home. Once they have lived through establishing a new colony (a Gaia-child) and then, from there, yet another new colony (a Gaia-grandchild) and so on for several generations, they may develop a habit of long term thinking that leads them onward and outward to ever new colonies.

But I imagine that this very habit of long term thinking will lead them to keep looking back also. The question of "Where to next?" will lead to the question of "Where from?" and ultimately "Where is our first home?", at least once in a while.

So, let us, while we still can see Terra easily, not a dim dot in the night sky but a thriving world all around us, let us thank her for being our first home.

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