stars then and now
C.S. Lewis describes the medieval view of the stars as magical places —
they are magical to us as well, in their awesome reality, but so magical that the human mind, fearing its irrelvance and fastly ending doom, necessarily shrinks away from it and builds up conceptual armor that insulates the human soul from the endless awesome emptiness, vastness and ancientness of the Universe as it is.
the remedy is simple — one clear night, go out and look at a single star — and consider how far away it is, how endlessly impossibly far — and yet, it shines so bright, you can see it from here.