If Seeing the Stars was a Rarity

Emerson and Carson both imagine a world where the stars are not something perpetually overhead, where humanity would not take them so easily for granted.

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If the Stars Only Came Out One Night in 1,000 Years

If the Stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.


This Emerson quote begs the question: What if we lived on a planet like Venus, where perpetual cloud coverage obscures the skies?

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If We Only Saw the Stars One Night Every 100 Years

We lay and looked up at the sky and the millions of stars that blazed in darkness. The night was so still that we could hear the buoy on the ledges out beyond the mouth of the bay. Once or twice a word spoken by someone on the far shore was carried across the clear air. A few lights burned in the cottages. Otherwise, there was no reminder of other human life....

It occurred to me that if this were a sight that could be seen only once in a century or even once in a human generation, this little headland would be thronged with spectators. But it can be seen many scores of nights in any year, and so the lights burned in the cottages and the inhabitants probably gave not a thought to the beauty overhead; and because they could see it almost any night perhaps they will never see it.


Everyone would come out to wonder at them. Instead we never look at them.

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