Space Midrash Manifesto
I. The Promise to Abraham: A Foundation for Cosmic Exploration 🌌
Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you can… So shall your offspring be
At the heart of our journey into the cosmos lies a promise made millennia ago, a promise to Abraham, as recorded in the Torah: “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them… So shall your offspring be” (Genesis). This ancient text, once perceived symbolically, now inspires us to reimagine and live it with greater depth and breadth than ever before. It encapsulates two profound ideas: the challenge to gaze upon the universe with humility and wonder, and the blessing of a future where our descendants are as numerous as the stars. This promise forms the bedrock of our ethical and artful futurism, guiding our exploration into the space age with a deep understanding of our shared humanity, a commitment to cherishing diverse cultures, and upholding values of empathy and diversity.
II. Israel and the Diaspora: Beacons of Innovation and Inclusion, Guided by Ancient Wisdom 🇮🇱🔯
Jewish civilization, transcending modernity, is a rich tapestry woven from thousands of voices over millennia. Today, it manifests as a worldly amalgamation of many Jewish cultures and Judaisms, guided and united by our heritage of creating a better world than we were born into. Israel, alongside the global Jewish diaspora, stands as a beacon of innovation, culture, and inclusion in this cosmic journey. Their contributions to the space age are not just technological but also cultural and spiritual, offering models for how established cultures can embrace the overview effect and the vastness of space. Together, they represent the dynamic spirit of the Jewish people, combining the strengths of diverse experiences and perspectives, rooted in ancient wisdom yet forward-looking in their aspirations.
III. Space and Midrash: Uniting the Universe and Our Storytelling Anew 🌠
The name of this enterprise, Space Midrash, unites two truths we hold dear: the vastness of the universe and our innate ability to storytell anew. Space, an awe-filled cosmos, invites us to learn, explore, and become greater. It represents an uncharted realm of possibilities and challenges, urging us to extend our understanding beyond the familiar confines of our planet. Midrash, a quintessential Jewish process of interpretation, becomes our tool in this endeavor. It allows us to delve into our ancient texts and traditions, extracting new meanings and insights relevant to our cosmic journey. This process of Midrash is not merely an academic exercise; it is a living, breathing practice that evolves with our experiences and discoveries. As we interpret our heritage in the context of space exploration, we find new ways to understand our place in the universe and our responsibilities as stewards of both our planet and the cosmos. This intersection of space and Midrash forms the bedrock of our approach to the space age, guiding us to merge the wisdom of the past with the possibilities of the future.
IV. A Plan for the Future: Education, Leadership, and Media 📚🎖️📡
Our plan involves teaching the overview effect to Jewish communities worldwide, integrating its existential honesty into contemporary Jewish spirituality. We aim to provide cultural leadership through the impending narrative collapse, guiding established cultures who also wish to embrace the overview effect. Additionally, we will create media to capture the stories of Jewish life in the space age.
V. The Jewish Life: An Intergenerational Saga of Artful, Ethical Futurism 🌟
Jewish life is an intergenerational saga of artful, ethical futurism. In every epoch, Jews have stood up in a massively changing present moment, learning from the past and creating a future greater than they were born into.
VI. Embracing the Overview Effect: Clarifying Our Spirituality and Existential Truth 🌍
The overview effect is more than a cognitive shift; it is a profound spiritual awakening. It clarifies our spirituality for the present moment and reveals an existential truth: we are in space, we are from space, we are all space. This realization fosters a deeper understanding of our interconnectedness and our shared responsibility as stewards of the cosmos. As we gaze upon Earth from the stars, we see not just a planet but a living, breathing entity, a home that connects us all. This perspective is a call to action, urging us to transcend our differences and work together for the betterment of all. It challenges us to rethink our values, our goals, and our place in the universe. By embracing the overview effect, we can cultivate a sense of unity, empathy, and responsibility, shaping a future where humanity flourishes among the stars, grounded in a deeper understanding of our cosmic existence.
VII. Nurturing Established Cultures in the Face of Narrative Collapse 🌎
As we journey toward the cosmos, we recognize that the overview effect and space migration will bring a narrative collapse for all of civilization. This pivotal moment will challenge cultures to either adapt and evolve or face obsolescence. We strive to preserve and nurture distinct traditions, stories, and values, cultivating a vibrant, diverse humanity that thrives in the cosmos without losing its heart and soul. Our mission is to guide and support cultures in standing firm in the present and creating a new, dynamic future.
VIII. A Call to Action for a Cosmic Age 📢🚀
We invite all to join us in shaping a future where humanity flourishes among the stars, grounded in empathy, ethics, and cultural diversity. Let us embark on this remarkable journey, bridging the heavens and our cherished roots, and realizing our fullest potential as a thriving, interconnected humanity. By embracing the promise to Abraham, fostering media ecology thinking, and nurturing established cultures, we can unite in our pursuit of a brighter, more compassionate cosmic age.
Space (spās) – the awe-filled cosmos that is begging us to come and know it, and be greater through it.
Midrash (ˈmidˌräSH) – a Jewish process of providing contemporary commentary through storytelling.