Another cold, wet dark evening in the Northeast. Too miserable an evening to go out for pleasures that might otherwise be special.
What to do as the snow falls and makes leaving the house hazardous?
How about a night of slightly educational, slightly soap operery watching of happenings and doings in the lives of English royalty? The TV series, “The Crown.”
Tonight’s episode takes place in the exciting days of early space travel. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins make history as the whole world watched, fascinated and unbelieving as they landed on the moon.
Prince Philip watches too, transfixed to his television screen. Something transformative was clearly going on in his mind, and he was excited, thrilled and anxious. He would, as his royal station decreed, have the once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the three heroes in person.
The prince took great care composing the questions he hoped to ask the astronauts in the fifteen minutes he was allotted to be alone with them.
The three men entered to royal pomp and circumstance, and were shown into the Prince’s private chamber.
And here is where the fantasy ends. These men, although they achieved greatness through their heroic willingness to put their lives at risk to achieve this great feat, were simply human beings after all.
They started the interview with the Prince by sneezing, coughing, and otherwise being humans. They were subject to the same problems and dangers that plague every day, ordinary people.
When Philip asked them for special observances while in space, he was disappointed with their answer. Much of their time was spent managing protocols that any pilot must deal with when on a mission. As the prince looked at the questions that he had so carefully composed, he realized that the astronauts were not able to give him the insights about the world and of life’s meaning that he sought. The achievements of the astronauts were not gong to clarify any deep understanding of the universe or its wonders.
Turning next to church leaders, who were likewise questioning their faith and the meaning of life, he established meaningful relationships with them and developed lifelong friends.
So what is the meaning of life? What is the meaning of faith? Long will pondering minds question these issues.
As for me, I will to go into the kitchen and make a lovely, soothing cup of steaming hot chocolate. That is the extent of my brilliant philosophical ideas and conclusions for the day.