On June 15, 2011 we were able to experience a full Lunar Eclipse in Malawi. It was an amazing event. The last eclipse was in the year 2000 (before our daughter Khalidwe was even born) so to celebrate the occasion we gathered up some of the kids from the village, made popcorn, and watched the event unfold. This led into a discussion about the importance of being able to observe and learn from our environment. As people in our village began to talk about the eclipse being the end of the world, we also were able to discuss the value of science and traditional knowledge. Many were unaware that ancient cultures such as the Babylonians, Egyptians, Mayans, Incas, etc had knowledge of astral events for thousands of years.
Human wisdom may shine throughout history in varying degrees, but the source of that wisdom never disappears. As we seem to be nearing the current peak in our human existance where rational thinking and wisdom have been eclipsed, let us have the will and the creativity to restore wisdom to its proper place and shine down upon humanity with its full radiance. We all need to open our eyes and really see our world, not just the children that we sat with on this wondrous evening!