Inner and Outer Space exploration

10 Nov

//”C.S. Lewis wrote a trilogy of science-fiction novels, the hero of which was loosely modelled on his friend J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the children’s classic “The Hobbit”.

He also corresponded with Arthur C. Clarke (“2001: A Space Odyssey”), about the moral significance of space travel.

Lewis didn’t look forward to the prospect of man going into space – as you will realise when you read today’s poem.

He was once asked:  “Do you think there will be widespread travel in space?”

He replied: “I look forward with horror to contact with the other inhabited planets, if there are such.

We would only transport to them all of our sin and our acquisitiveness, and establish a new colonialism.  I can’t bear to think of it.

But if we on earth were to get right with God, of course, all would be changed. Once we find ourselves spiritually awakened, we can go to outer space and take the good things with us.

That is quite a different matter.”


By and by Man will try
To get out into the sky,
Sailing far beyond the air
From Down and Here to Up and There.
Stars and sky, sky and stars
Make us feel the prison bars.

Suppose it done. Now we ride
Closed in steel, up there, outside
Through our port-holes see the vast
Heaven-scape go rushing past.
Shall we? All that meets the eye
Is sky and stars, stars and sky.

Points of light with black between
Hang like a painted scene
Motionless, no nearer there
Than on Earth, everywhere
Equidistant from our ship.
Heaven has given us the slip.

Hush, be still. Outer space
Is a concept, not a place.
Try no more. Where we are
Never can be sky or star.
From prison, in a prison, we fly;
There’s no way into the sky.

C.S. Lewis

P.S. Lewis obviously wrote this poem before April 1961, when the Soviet cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, was the first man to journey into space.  Lewis died in 1963.

– by Kendrive

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