June 19, 2009

Aren't You Glad You're Not on Daxam?

Sodam YatI still remember the time when i looked at Orion's belt, the big and small Dipper and the Pleiades when I was a young child. Looking back, I now appreciate even more those times as a teenager when I spent countless hours laying on our roof just gazing at the stars.
Imagine if someone stopped you from looking up. Imagine if it was against the law to look at the stars. What a terrible world that would be!
Believe it or not, but that world exists. It's called Daxam. It's the home planet of Sodam Yat, the Daxamite member of the Green Lantern Corps.
As a young child, Sodam was prohibited from exploring the stars. His father shattered his telescopes and lenses to keep his eyes from the skies.
Fiction as it may be, this story is worth mentioning to inspire others to look up. No one is stopping us from looking up but ourselves. Each of us is only here for a moment to walk the earth and taste the immensity and infinity of the cosmos by simply gazing at the night sky. It's a precious moment and a wonderful privilege to be able to look at the stars!