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  •  Because it's unique! (4+ / 0-)

    Because it's shiny and has a tail!  Because it has traveled so unimaginably far to be here!  Because you are supposed to be a religious man and GOD MADE THAT, YOU CRETIN.

    ... is what I should have said to him, although possibly minus the you cretin part.

    Seriously, from a religious point of view I can't understand not having an appreciation for the wonders of the universe.  There is a specific blessing one is supposed to say on seeing unusual or awe-inspiring natural phenomena, including comets; for that reason alone I felt he ought to have been interested, even if astronomy as a science holds no particular attraction for him.

    Maybe I should try organizing a comet-viewing (and blessing?) event at my synagogue.  I feel sure my rabbi would approve.

    •  Go for it! Bless the Comet! (6+ / 0-)

      I tend toward apathetic agnosticism myself, but appreciate a comet for the scientific information it may hold.  And the fact that they probably delivered most of Earth's water early on when the sky swarmed with them (what a sight that would have been if you could see through the steam and survive the molten rock and constant impacts...)

      Plus it's shiny and white (usually, not always) and pretty and something that changes visibly over the course of a day in a sky that's extremely repetitive for the most part.

      I can appreciate its beauty and can spend a moment thinking about the vastness of space and the ultimately tiny nature of our little planet.  That small hunk of rock and ice came from the furthest reaches of the Solar System, spending hundreds of thousands to millions of years getting here to put on a show for me, now, in 2013.

      (-6.25, -6.77) Moderate left, moderate libertarian

      by Lonely Liberal in PA on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 02:21:27 PM PST

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