The Cassini-Huygens Mission was launched in 1997 and after numerous fly-bys and accelerated ricochets, the Cassini cameras continue to click away, showing, documenting and educating minds as to the amazing properties of cosmic interactions and further proving Einstein’s theory of relativity. The physics and the mathematics behind these endeavours is astounding and impressive. The proven fundamentals of science have led us to true understandings of what the big picture is. No smoke and mirrors and no bullshit. Every solution and every bit of data that leads towards those discoveries should be celebrated as ground breaking events. Outside of humanity’s struggles with itself and misunderstanding about what the focus of life should be, there is a celestial orchestra and dance that despite our ignorance, we are part of. This is truth and this is all we can really be sure of. Most obsessions we hold are ephemeral and transient, while the truths we can gain through the obsession of scientific endeavour hold far more value in concrete terms. The Huygens probe would have never made it onto Titan with prayer or chicken blood. What it took was looking at established facts, predictable outcomes based on these facts and scientific and technical focus to produce the equipment required for discovery.
If as much energy was put into the pursuit of scientific truths as it was in the pursuit of folk tales and consumer plastic junk, humanity would more than likely have done away with ongoing ailments like poverty and war. More than likely…but we’ll never know until we stop wasting our time by hiding from facts and blissfully playing into the greedy hands of those that want you to remain ignorant and unaware. Knowledge really is power and while we live in an age where information is accessible in ways never previously presented, much of the population chooses to stay in the darkness of the cave. Science has taught us, all life must adapt or perish in the onslaught of change.
A quote by the great Carl Sagan:
"We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology."