Watching tonight's total lunar eclipse, as watching birds and other natural wonders often does, provoked thoughts and speculations about the universe and our place in it. A major event happened, and we had nothing to do with it, but at least we got to watch it. Thomas Hardy, watching almost a century ago, expressed some thoughts that seem to fit our time, also.
AT A LUNAR ECLIPSE
Thy shadow, Earth, from Pole to Central Sea,
How shall I link such sun-cast symmetry
And can immense Mortality but throw
Is such the stellar gauge of earthly show,