— Aby (@Abyart85) March 7, 2017
What is it, that makes a man willing to sit up on top of an enormous Roman candle, such as a Redstone, Atlas, Titan or Saturn rocket, and wait for someone to light the fuse?
~Tom Wolfe, The Right Stuff (1979)
Man is an artifact designed for space travel. He is not designed to remain in his present biologic state any more than a tadpole is designed to remain a tadpole.
~William S. Burroughs
Speak truth to power;
Be strong and brave;
When millions speak,
They’re bound to cave.
I’m sure about this: the one who started a good work in you will stay with you to complete the job by the day of Christ Jesus.
For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of His
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
REVELATION CHAPTER FOURTEEN
1 I looked and saw the Lamb, who stood upon
Mount Zion, and one hundred forty-four
Thousand were with him; each had written on
Forehead his own name and his Father’s name.
2 I heard a sound from heaven like a flood
Or thunder or harp music, 3 and they sang
A new song in front of God’s throne, before
Four Living Beings and the elders. None
Could learn the song except the hundred forty-
Four thousand who had been redeemed from earth,
4 For these are virgins who go with the Lamb
Wherever he may go; they have been bought
From men on earth and offered to the Lord
And Lamb as God’s most precious people. 5 They
Have told no lies, and they are innocent.
6 I saw another angel fly across the sky
Who had the everlasting gospel to
Proclaim to those on earth−to every nation,
Tribe, tongue, and people, 7 and he shouted, “Fear
The LORD and glorify him, for the time
Has come when he will sit as judge. Now worship
Him who created heaven and the earth,
The sea and water springs.” 8 Another angel
Followed him, saying, “Fallen, fallen, is
Great Babylon, she who has forced the lands
To drink the wine of her adulteries.”
9 Then a third angel followed them and shouted,
“Whoever glorifies the Beast and his
Image and takes his mark on hand or forehead—
10 He too will drink the wine of God’s great wrath
And will be tormented with burning sulfur
Before the holy angels and the Lamb.
11 Smoke of their torment rises evermore,
And they’ll have no relief in day or night,
For they have glorified the Beast and his
Own image and they have received the mark
That bears his name.” 12 God’s people must endure
With patience, and they have to follow his
Commands and trust in Jesus.” 13 Then I heard
A voice from heaven say, “Write this: God will
Bless each who dies with faith in Him.” The Spirit
Answered, “Yes, they’ll rest from their work, and they
Will be rewarded for what they have done.”
14 I looked and saw a white cloud: seated on
The cloud was one who seemed to be the Son
Of Man who wore a golden crown upon
His head and held a sharpened sickle, 15 and
Another angel left the temple, calling
To him who sat upon the cloud, “Pick up
Your sickle, reap, because the time has come
For you to reap; the crops on earth are ripe.”
16 He who was seated on the cloud did swing
His sickle over earth and harvested
The crops, 17 and then another angel who
Held a sharp sickle came from heaven’s temple.
18 The angel who had power over fire
Came from the altar, shouting to the angel
Who held the sickle, “Grapes on earth are ripe;
So harvest them with your sharp sickle.” 19 And
The angel swung his sickle on the earth,
Cut off the grapes, and threw them in the winepress
Of God’s wrath. 20 They were trampled in the winepress
Outside the city; from the press gushed blood
As high as horses’ bridles in a stream
About two hundred miles in length, it seemed.