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We often see ourselves as small minded, violent, and destructive creatures, of which highly evolved beings would want no part. AWOL examines the opposite notion. Just as the magician always knows his own tricks, we tend to be distinctly unimpressed with ourselves and our surrounding environment.   We don’t always see the wonder or the beauty. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t there. One look to the cosmos is proof enough: Its unimaginable size is testimony of incalculable possibilities.     

One night, I looked up at the stars and thought, ‘if distance is by scientific law, time, then I must be looking up into the end of time right now, or perhaps the beginning, even if I can’t see it.”  Camouflaged somewhere in the sky is eternity; present, yet invisible to our eyes. The unanimous image of what we know, and what we don’t, teaches us to believe in what we can’t see.  It reminded me of what it is to be a human being, charged with just enough intelligence to understand that we don’t understand everything, allowing us to experience the sublime.  

I imagined a race of beings out there who did know everything, and how monotonous life for them might be. If they could come down to Earth for just one night and look up at the sky as we do, would they feel the sublimity I was feeling?  Perhaps they would fall in love with our point of view and maybe…they wouldn’t want to leave.