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Having a Bad Day? Put Things in Perspective with the “Overview Effect”

Topics: Popular Media | Add A CommentBy admin | January 14, 2013

If we could put everyone in orbit just once, the world would be a radically different place.

I could ramble about the impact of this idea for paragraphs, but the producers of The Overview Effect probably summarize it best: “The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.” I personally was struck by Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell’s explanation of his search for how to describe his experience of seeing the Earth from space, which led him to discover Savikalpa Samadhi, which, as he puts it “means that you see things as you see them with your eyes, but you experience them emotionally and viscerally, as with ecstasy, and a sense of total unity and oneness.”

This video will totally be worth the 20 minutes it steals from your life, and might change your day. View it below, or better yet,  right on Vimeo  in fullscreen HD.