And second, it materializes in the words of the space enthusiasts, who's records thrive on a tenor of awe-inspiring exploration. "It [the rocket] will free man from his remaining chains, the chains of gravity which still tie him to this planet. It will open to him the gates of heaven." -Wernher von Braun
As we share verbal reactions, moving from the concrete to the explanatory to the philosophical, we are building a personalized representation of our world. The words we choose reflect our leanings, our deepest drives, and then, with them we re-invent. The next generation of space explorers are starting their journeys as young thinkers, science-lovers, experimenters. Many are already considering their small selves in relation to outer space. Is there a different, or even brand new, vocabulary we should be adopting to ensure they journey upward and outward with respect, awe, and imagination? Should we take poetic license, urge them to pepper their search terms with metaphor? Stick to the scientific? A stunning combination of both?
Here in the OSLab we think about how to ignite new ways of speaking...thinking...acting. There is much to consider, and room to create, in the interstices.