“The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.” The Overview Effect: Awe and Self-Transcendent Experience in Space Flight
Today, we travel to the moon; you can read the full article , you can look at the history of the photograph, or you can listen to a podcast of Frank White on the overview effect. Or you could just make a date with yourself to go for an evening walk to look at the moon and imagine what taking this photo may have felt like. We need all the ways we can find to connect with some kind of ‘overview effect’ in these challenging times.
This Daily Stillness has been recycled from previously published ones:
• #tds102 The overview effect: Spaceship Earth (Oct 10, 2015)