Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors. The library connects us with the insights and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all of our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species. Public libraries depend on voluntary contributions. I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.
Today, NASA named its Mars Curiosity landing site “Bradbury Landing” after our late, beautiful, sensitive author Ray Bradbury, who passed away in June.
“Today would have been Ray Bradbury’s 92nd birthday, but he’s already reached immortality in his short stories and books,” said Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program. “His books have truly inspired us. His ‘Martian Chronicles’ has inspired our curiosity.”
As a long-time recommender of ‘The Martian Chronicles’ (next to ‘I, Robot’ as one of the best scifi books I’ve ever read), this — to put it in tumblr terms — is a bit too many feels for me all at once.
Happy Birthday, Ray. Only wish you and Carl were around to see it.
¡Lo que ennegrecí, por la cresta!
¡Es lo que más deseé el día de hoy, también!
Anything that deters science, deters the progression of our species.