Edgar Mitchell Moon Selfie

Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut and the sixth man to walk on the moon, said that peace-loving aliens tried to save our planet from nuclear war.

Mitchell, who  grew up in New Mexico not far from the Roswell crash site, was greatly affected by his experience of seeing the Earth from space. The view gave him an instant global consciousness. From the moon, he said, international politics look so petty that it makes you want to grab a politician by the neck and drag him into space and say “look at that, you son of a bitch.”

In his book, “The Way of the Explorer”, Mitchell says that looking out of the spacecraft window was an existential experience.  Suspended in the cosmos, the Earth looked so tiny and fragile provoking in him an epiphany that would change the rest of his life. He experienced an overwhelming sense of universal connectedness perceiving the universe as a form of consciousness.  What he experienced, said Mitchell, was a Samadhi, a state of realization.

Sometimes it takes distance to bring us closer to ourselves.



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