The people who used to live in my home put star stickers on the ceiling of the master bedroom. They glow when you turn the lights out. Sometimes I look up at those stickers, imagining that the fake stars are real stars, and that they're that close to me; that if I can reach out and touch them and not get burnt.
Before I fall asleep last night I started to wonder: why have we made these star stickers? Other than the fact that they provide children with joy and are a fun aesthetic piece to add to one's ceiling, I couldn't help but wonder if there was a deeper reason for why we love these start stickers.
Is it because they let us avoid having to look up at the sky and night and see real stars, feel awe, and ask the deeper questions about what we are doing and why we have life and are standing where we're standing? I think so. At least in part. It's easier to look at manufactured stars on our ceiling than it is to look up to the night sky and remember just how small we are, yet how much possibility and responsibility we've been given.
Like so much of the things we invent and purchase these days, these star stickers allow us to avoid looking at the stuff that will put us into a state of real awe and introspection. This doesn't mean I like my star stickers any less, but it does mean I'll start looking at the actual stars more and be reminded that there's more to look at then man made things that glow a short distance away from my face.
The real stars are always closer to us than we think.