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ISS007-E-10807 (21 July 2003) --- This view of Earth's horizon as the sunsets over the Pacific Ocean was taken by an Expedition 7 crewmember onboard the International Space Station (ISS). Anvil tops of thunderclouds are also visible. Credit: Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center

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Technology and Tears

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Sometimes you can go for days when it seems abundant new wonders will continue to delight and awe you. All you see is the potential and opportunity around you. The future beckons and you have never been happier.

But then you suffer an emotional blow that rattles your soul and you wonder how technology and the future could ever have seemed important. Technology become secondary, background noise as you try to deal with your emotions and get on with your life. Chemicals, feelings, adjustment, tears…who cares about the latest technological advance when you can’t stop crying?

There is something very comforting about the world we have created around us. When life seems to fall apart, the Pyramids still stand. As does the Internet. Technology moves at its increasingly rapid rate whether you care or not. “Eppur si muove” – “And yet it moves.”

And if technology can do that, then so can I.

Technology is often viewed as something cold and logical and mechanical. Instead it is another expression and outlet of our human emotions, the same as art, the same as tears. The great minds that have created and discovered the wonders of today were all too human, frail and emotional creatures that poured their pain and suffering and excitement and optimism into their creations. And long after they have passed on, our technology still speaks for them and for us. Like the Internet, our attempt to reach out to everyone else on the planet.

The best tears come when you realize that despite everything, change comes. And you are here to experience it all.

Eppur si muove.

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