ON WE GO! – September 7, 2017
Submitted on September 7, 2017
Two weeks ago, I joined hundreds of our students, faculty, and staff in viewing the solar eclipse. College personnel had distributed dark glasses to those who wanted them, so I had my pair to use. As we witnessed, it was spectacular to see the gradual blocking of the sun, as the moon moved into the path of its rays. Here in Georgetown, it was not a total eclipse, but it was still impressive at roughly 96%.
The thing about which I was most surprised was that the day did not become very dark. It was a bit shady, somewhat like dusk, but by no means dark. I realized that my assumption had simply been wrong, namely, I was assuming that a 96% blocking of the sun’s rays would result in a 96% diminishing of daylight. Not so. It became obvious that 4% of the sun’s rays provide a lot of light.
For those so inclined, a good lesson can be found in that experience; something along the lines of ‘it only takes a little light to fill an entire day,’ or ‘a little light has a great influence.’ From my perspective, the same thing holds true for ‘kindness’ and ‘goodness.’
On We Go!