Conventional Broken Moondance in 16 steps
By ice rivers
Sun, 24 Jan 2016
In space there is no up or down.
- This is good because most renderings of the moon are upside down. The renderings are based upon the way that the moon looks to astronomers when they view luna through their telescopes.
- Our conventional ,on paper, view of the moon then is upside down. That convention is conveyed to us by astronomical folk who know better but feel no need to further confuse the issue..
- Any rendering of the moon whether conventionally upside down or unconventionally right side up, faintly resembles the appearance of the moon as we see it with our naked, limited human non-astronomer eyes.
- Only astronomers know the difference. The only reason that they know is because they know how lenses work and the image they see in their scopes is the image that they faithfully render right side up; which is of course upside down.
- And since in space there is no up or down, who besides Neil Tyson and Steve Hawking would care anyways?
- Who cares about differences that are small and seemingly trivial in the mind's eye (or the eye's mind) but are in fact as dramatic as inversion? This indifference is the basis of conventional wisdom.
- Maybe inversion isn't important enough to differentiate. Excuse me while I put my shoes on my hands so I can walk on the ceiling.
- Convention implies large scale partnership. All partnership includes some degree of compromise. Alienation is a by-product of partnership as the synergy created by partnership grows to threaten each individual partner as well as the eventual partners and subordinates and children of the original partners. Large scale partnerships imply large scale compromise which may be translated inevitably to indifference.
- In space, no can hear you scream
- Coventional wisdom guarantees the presence of inaccuracy but an inaccuracy so seemingly trivial as to fail to induce discomfort or rattle logic. Inaccuracy has a way of growing until it finally challenges the inertia of comfort as well as the security of assumption and well being.
- So does cancer but that's another story
- What then are we feeling comfortable about when we feel comfortable?
- What are we feeling secure about when we assume.
- If it ain't broke don't fix it.
- Maybe if it ain't broke we ought to break it.
- Or at least turn the moon right side up when it appears on paper.