The Overview Effect means viewing Earth with a new lens

Written by Alan Ladwig on Wednesday, 24 June 2009. Posted in Overview Institute, Overview Effect

Those people who have traveled into space have had the benefit of seeing the Earth from a unique perspective. To see the planet from an extraterrestrial perspective reveals a fragile spaceship protected by a thin atmosphere. Many who have had the privilege to experience this view have returned with a new sense of purpose and perceptive that is more global, more spiritual, and more humane.

By working to achieve the goals set forth through the Overview Institute, we hope to expand the ability for the global community to see the Earth through a new lens and experience the evolution in consciousness that often takes place.

In the not so distant future, we can achieve the prediction of the late Krafft Ehricke who observed, "Perhaps as we place the extraterrestrial domain into the service of all people, we may be permitted to hope for the greatest benefit of all: that the cheapness of opportunism and all else that is small, narrow, contemptible and repulsive becomes more apparent and far less tolerable from the vantage point of the stars than it ever was from the perspective of the mud hole." After all, should we not take a cue from the fact that since the beginning, Man has placed his dreams and aspirations among the stars and his nightmares into caves from whence he came.

About the Author

Alan Ladwig has had a distinguished 14 year career with NASA as well as an extensive career in the Aerospace industry working with Northrop Grumman Corporation, where he was Manager, NASA and Civil Space Programs promoting Northrop Grumman's interest to Executive and Legislative branch officials.

Alan was also the Chief Operating Officer of Zero G Corporation during its start-up phase, a Senior Policy Advisor at SAIC and is currently the Manager of Space Systems Consultancy for Whitney Bradley & Brown, a division of WBB dedicated to technical and consulting services for the civil, national security, and commercial space sectors. Mr. Ladwig is also on the Board of Directors of Women in Aerospace.

Comments (1)

  • Frank White

    Frank White

    21 July 2012 at 11:11 |
    Alan,

    This is well said. I like the quote, and the idea that our aspirations are linked to the stars.

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