Maybe I'm paranoid, but I'm not about to go
with things that are more powerful than me. Like the sun. Truth is, the
sun is just a big bully in the sky intent on picking on us. It keeps us
alive, but only if we show it the proper respect: don't go
without sunblock, don't stay in direct sunlight too long, don't go
if its too bright, etc. Don't, don't, don't.
And then there's the big one: don't look
directly at the
sun. An emperor in the sky, the sun's gaze is never to be met. Looking
down is not just a way to protect our eyes, its a way to show our
We owe our lives to that big bully. If it wants our lunch money, we
give it. If it wants to trip us in the hall, we should let it. This is
one bully we don't want to tangle with.
So should we really be studying the sun, like
at Sunspot are doing? Maybe we should just stick our heads in the
sand on this one and be satisfied that its up there doing its thing so
we can be down here doing ours. We don't want to infringe on its
and make it mad. One little slip might anger it, and there's no telling
where that might lead. Does the name Icarus ring a bell with
I have a feeling the scientists at Sunspot are
continue to play with fire, so to speak, despite my warnings. That's
with me. But if the sun suddenly pulls out of its end of the
bargain one day, I know who I'm gonna blame.
(For a more balanced and slightly more scientific
explanation of what
goes on in Sunspot, visit them on the web at http://www.sunspot.noao.edu/index.html.
Just don't tell them I sent you.)