1969: Apollo 11 lands on the moon. "Oddly enough the overriding sensation I got looking at the earth was, my god that little thing is so fragile out there," reports Mike Collins.
1982: Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance - an experimental film. For 86 minutes, slow motion, time-lapse, American cities and landscapes. Haunting images, music by Philip Glass. No voices or text. Cliffs, canyons. Mining trucks, oil fields. Fleeting skies, forests. Hot dog assembly lines. Beauty and sorrow amplified.
No one spoke of climate change. No one spoke much at all. Bewilderment. Few facts.
Early 2000s: The science of awe begins. Awe: An embodied feeling that changes us irrevocably. Self-transcendent. To know even fleetingly that we are part of something greater. This vastness. Awe diminishes the story of me. It drops us into a plane of timelessness, connectedness. We think more critically, become less materialistic.
2006: Al Gore publishes An Inconvenient Truth. Facts. Bewilderment turns into urgency. Be still the stars, desert blooms. The necessity of beauty.
A thought: What if I expand my capacity for awe? Or all of us, our teams, our customers? Convening around awe. Antidote for greed. So that care becomes a natural choice.
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