Okay, so this gave me a scare. I mean, I know our government keeps secrets, but sun outages seemed pretty major to me. Like maybe we ought to make a run on bottled water and other supplies. I guess you can leave sun screen off the list, though. How long would we even last with the sun gone out? Then I read on. “Sun outage” in this case means that the sun will be directly behind the satellite providing your service and it may cause outages, not go out itself. Such is the world in which we live. Just the other day I was having a conversation with a fellow thinker who indicated that I should be writing on clay tablets (since I know how) because they survive longer than any other form of media. I have to admit the idea has appeal.
In these days of fake news and alternative facts, though, I wonder if there’s something about the sun they’re not telling us. A few months back, before I ever saw this dire warning, I was worried about the earth’s rotation slowing down. You see, I had tops as a kid. No matter how hard you pulled that string, the top would always eventually stop. Now, it may have been a very big bang that started all of this, but it was still a finite bang. It stands to reason that eventually our spin will run out of steam. Then I read that yes, indeed the earth is slowing at a measurable rate. Infinitesimal, but still measurable. I often bemoan how short the days are, but knowing capitalists like I do, when the days grow longer so will work hours. So what other secrets are they keeping from us?
Compared to all this, the fact that only television service might be disrupted seems strangely inconsequential. The sun is directly responsible for life on this planet. At least in its physical aspect. We need it for warmth, light, and food. And it helps with lift one’s mood too. How you say something matters. Not only is precision in language important, but, being social creatures, how you say it counts. Perhaps it’s news to those used to texting, but curt emails are often read as angry emails. I know people who claim to be too busy to respond with social niceties. I secretly wonder if such people should be held up as the shining examples they often are. Perhaps if we said “please” or “thank you” we won’t face any sun outages at all.