August 8, 2008
It’s not wise to launch an international, democratic, open source space exploration effort at the same day the Olympic Games of Beijing start. It steals away your thunder, especially with their fireworks. Yet I want to launch on a special day. And while this day, 08-08-08 (or Entropy Eightball, as I call it) seemed like a good choice at first, I guess I’ll need to wait till an other opportunity presents itself.
So, while today won’t be the official launch of Enterprise-ready, I do want to give you a little bit in the mean time. I give you the official theme song: Forever Today by DJ Tiesto.
If you want to get some sense of where my head is at, listen to the track. I can imagine you don’t have it handy, but you can find it on Seeqpod. I’ve embedded it below.
[Edit: it's not embedded anymore because WordPress.com does not support this at the moment. Open MP3 Player in new window.]
Before you read on, turn on your speakers, or put your headphones on. You’ll need it to understand the things below.
Now imagine this as the soundtrack of a short movie. It’s a story about the world. A story about what was, what is, and what is gonna be. A story of hope, of wonder, of perseverance, and redemption; about the smallness of one human life, and the greatness of humanity. A story about man’s quest for justice and about man’s wish for peace.
Now, imagine – the same theme played live, for a large, diverse and international audience, on a historical moment on a historical day. The introduction played by a full orchestra, with sublime execution, and the finest of detail. Soft colors, soft words floating through the air. Faces softly smiling, softly crying, hopeful, open and receptive, strong, determined, lost for words, but ready.
Then the build-up follows. The track is playing from its original source, changeable at will. One man for the audio, one man for the visuals. Fully attuned to each other, everything is right. Now, a person comes on stage, feeling the music, showing the music, conducting the emotion, showing what he feels.
Now remember, this is only a story, containing glimpses of the future. For some part, the space exploration is real, but for some part, it’s a metaphor.
We’re in space, yet near the Earth. We see a pilot in a cockpit, first one, then ever more. Like birds they’re flocking together, each steering their own ship. We see people looking each other in the eyes. They understand each other. They have no need for words. They know they want to go some place together. Yet, there is no leader, there’s no-one in charge. They’ve overcome their need for this. Using their own hearts as a compass, they’re coming to an agreement about where they should be heading, slowly but surely aligning themselves with each other. They’re finding their true north.
Out of their own free will, they’re perfectly aligned. Self-assured and kind, they seem to move as one. They simultaneously start their engines, setting course to the unknown.