Goodbye Blue Sky – India
Primate Cousins – India


“Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.”

Carl Sagan

If it’s true that our species is alone in the universe,

then I’d have to say the universe aimed rather low

and settled for very little.

George Carlin

Are we alone? Lost in this wide gaping hole of darkness — some might call the universe? It’s hard to say with absolute certainty. And it would be extremely narcissistic (probably naive) of us, to believe, ‘no contact‘ equates to ‘no life‘. But, it isn’t very surprising.  As a species: we’ve obliterated more than we’ve nurtured, experimented with life — to save ourselves, explored the farthest corners of the planet or tallest peaks — in a bid to conquer or feel invincible, and through the ages, and sadly even today, fought in the name of territory and organized belief.

Lost in the Woods – India
The Elements – India

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity,

and I’m not sure about the former.”

Albert Einstein

It must be comforting for many, to believe, we’re alone. There’s a strange sense of power in isolation. The threat of defeat or extinction, by an unknown ‘life form’, reduces dramatically with us being ‘alone‘. And that can make us feel very safe and get a good night’s sleep. We always fear things or situations — we don’t understand. Often, not knowing, can provide a cradle of safety.

Peeping into the Void – Japan

Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

As a child, I’d look above, in the night sky, and stare at the stars. Dream of what it would be like to go there. And if I’d ever get there, and look back at earth, what would I see? I’ve always felt, at an early age, nothing seems to matter, from ‘there’. Like us and everything around us, our problems turn into specks of dust. And the silence of space could probably be — the most liberating sound — I’d ever get to hear.

Isolation – Iceland
The Mountains are Calling – China

The clearest way into the Universe

is through a forest wilderness.”

John Muir

Unfortunately, we don’t live out there. We live down here — whilst being surrounded — with what’s out there. And for the times, we’re allowed to escape into the darkness of space, there are many more times — we have to face the realities of life. Fortunately, some of us, get to escape to desolate corners of the earth and in the process, truly appreciate what ‘life on earth‘ should mean. Being alive should involve: getting your feet painted with mud, or running your hands through cold water, or flying like a bird — in the air, or meeting people quite unlike yourself.

Vertigo – India

After all, probably that’s why life was born on earth. To flourish, admire, and explore.

The theme for today’s weekly photo challenge, is very close to us, as it bears an uncanny similarity to the reason behind the name of our blog. We love walking and getting our feet covered with ‘earthy’ tones. And the more we walk, the more we realize — how much there is left to explore.

Posted by:twobrownfeet

Writer-Photographer Duo. Now in Seoul.

23 replies on “Ground Control to Major Tom

  1. What an inspiring take on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week. Beautiful photos and thought provoking words. I love the name of your blog and it really does resonate with the theme this week.

    1. Thank you, Miriam. 🙂 This week’s challenge was perfect for us. And it’s how we perceive travel must be. Thanks for your comments. Always so positive and encouraging and it truly makes our day! Have a good week! 🙂

  2. This is such a thoughtful piece on our Earth. I really like these thoughtful pieces from you. Cheryl, and such wonderful photos from Basil to go along with them 🙂 As someone who likes their alone time, I agree with you that when I know what’s around me and know who’s around me and don’t fear them, I’ll feel comfortable – I don’t need to worry about my safety and can go about doing what I want to do.

    Love the quote about the sky. Once I read somewhere that if you every miss a place or someone, look up at the sky. Wherever you are in the world, the sky is the same, the sky is one 🙂

    1. Thanks a bunch, Mabel! This week’s theme is something we feel a great deal about. And we love the stars, interstellar bodies, and the vastness of space. It’s hard not to get contemplative. And if you add travel – it’s just perfect. We love isolated places on our planet. Although, at times we have to wade through crowds to see what everyone wants to see. I think we try to strike a balance between both. I feel thankful for the sky. It’s where we came from. And also serves as a reminder of how small we are in reality! 🙂

    1. Such a beautiful thought, Alex. Nature is so beautiful and some of the most stunning places are the hardest to reach. Thank you for your positive feedback! Can always count on you! 🙂

  3. yeah is funny , people talking bout the end of the werld lol… funny thing is we might be going sumwhere an very soon – but momma earth well, shes been here billions of years an i don’t think she be going anywhere soon 🙂 …yep yep ,lol

    1. I know! My thought exactly! The earth is going to stay put for another 5 billion years. Unless, by some freak chance, an asteroid bumps into us. It’s ‘we’ who might not stay as long – if we eat into the resources or think we’re invincible!

  4. “Often, not knowing, can provide a cradle of safety.” Interesting perspective. It would seem to me that more people fear the unknown, which is why they look for solace in religion.

    Interesting post, and nice photos.

    1. Sometimes, ignorance is bliss. That doesn’t mean a situation doesn’t exist. It’s just better not to think about it and assume it doesn’t exist. Sometimes, as you rightly pointed out, ignorance can be used to incite fear and erase any possibility of reason. From what I have seen, people turn to religion in ‘hope’. I’m not sure if people care much of what’s happening out ‘there’, unless they’ve been given reason to. There’s too much happening on our planet and believing helps answering many difficult questions or getting by difficult situations. Thanks for your comment, Dave. 🙂

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