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No House in the Sky (english)
02 Feb 2003
Why are we spending numbers like 95 billion dollars for pie-in-the-sky when over 12 million children here on Earth, in the U.S. alone, go to bed hungry each night? 30 million people in this “land of plenty” are under-nourished. Elsewhere on planet Earth even more people are, quite simply, starving to death.
The recent tragedy over the loss of space shuttle Colombia and its crew should serve as a reminder that some of NASA’s programs are more pie-in-the-sky than benefits for you and I. While Colombia was not on an International Space Station mission, the shuttles themselves were designed with that ultimate of trophy houses in mind. The partially completed space station presently circling the planet carries a hefty 95 billion dollar price tag with a payback as dubious as the 15 bucks you lent that hitchhiker 4 years ago. The advantages of having a high-tech hacienda circling the globe are so nebulous that space station boosters in congress had to sell the project in the beginning for its symbolic nationalistic merits. This was followed up by the warm fuzzy international cooperation aspects of the project, a scenario more in keeping with crafted public relations than with reality. The present occupants in the Whitehouse hardly qualify as proponents of international relations, having made a habit of backing out of, or refusing to sign treaties on the environment, international justice and the military. The prerogatives of empire, as we know, are not so much about international cooperation as they are about international cooption. With that in mind, the often-hyped multi-culti crews and first whatever-in-space PR blitzes have rung pretty hollow over the past few years. The selling of the space station is beginning to feel like those real estate ads for fixer-uppers: “Great potential! Excellent view!”

We’ve often been told by the corporate media, especially National Public Radio, that the station is useful for environmental and health related research. We’re seldom told about all the military and corporate-related commercial research that goes on overhead. So, what’s all this got to do with you sitting on Earth in front of your monitor? Well, for one thing, if you eat you might be interested in knowing that a whole lot of your fellow earthlings don’t. Why are we spending numbers like 95 billion dollars for pie-in-the-sky when over 12 million children here on Earth, in the U.S. alone, go to bed hungry each night? 30 million people in this “land of plenty” are under-nourished. Elsewhere on planet Earth even more people are, quite simply, starving to death. They have no food. They have no clean water. Why are we spending billions of dollars for things imagined in outer space when real things like death and misery face us right here on Earth? It’s as if Marie Antoinette’s playhouse is circling over our heads while countless citizens grovel in the world’s gutters for a crust of bread. Better check your calendar, are you sure it’s the 21st century?

But let’s suppose you’re like me for whom dollars and cents don’t make much sense. There’s another seemingly esoteric reason to oppose the so-called International Space Station. Hopi elders back here on Earth believe that the station is the House in the Sky, a very significant element in the ancient Hopi Prophesies. It is said that the House in the Sky will be the final invention of the white race before their time on Earth is done. Here we’ve arrived at the difference between material knowledge and spiritual knowledge, between that which you hold in your hand and that which you hold in your heart. In other words, if it doesn’t feel good, don’t do it.

On the Oraibi Petroglyph, deep in the heart of Hopi territory in the Southwest U.S., a depiction of the Prophesy shows two paths with two bridges between them. The upper path is the one traveled by those who forgot the Creator’s instructions, who put their faith in cleverness and inventions rather than with the Earth and their Creator (guess who!). The lower path represents the path of the Hopi (the “people of peace”, by the way) and presumably, those who respect the path of peace and the ways of the Earth. After the two bridges intersecting the two paths have passed, the paths do not meet again. For those who went the way of the “bahanna”, the path of invention, the journey becomes aimless and crazy (sound familiar?) and ends in destruction. Hopi elders believe that we as a species have reached the second bridge; kind of like the steward on the Titanic announcing “All ashore that’s going ashore!” Some fear we have passed it. The Prophecy says that when the bahanna have been digging into the heart of sacred Hopi land (think Peabody Coal at Big Mountain) and when the House in the Sky has been sent from the Earth into space, there will be a time of purification. Apparently no definition of “purification” is given, but the late Hopi elder, Thomas Banyacya used to speak of the rise of the elements, a scenario strikingly similar to the effects of global climate disruption.

As most environmental activists know, it’s no simple task talking gloom and doom all the time, so often one looks hard for the bright side. With regard to the Hopi Prophecy one might look toward the lower path on the Oraibi Petroglyph that depicts a figure with a staff standing among growing corn. It’s said to symbolize the path of humility and spirituality and it leads straight into the future. I like that.

So, my rational Western mind tells me that opposing the space station on fiscal and humanitarian grounds makes good sense. Meanwhile, my ancient tribal Saxon soul is moved to avoid the House in the Sky like the plague. That’s two perfectly good reasons to demand NO HOUSE IN THE SKY.
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