Beauteous World From Afar

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O wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world
That has such people in’t!  The Tempest Act 5, scene 1, 181–184

Of course, Miranda led a very sheltered and whimsical life on an enchanted island, somewhere in the middle of nowhere; that could easily induce various rose-tinted observations. “Beauteous mankind” looks a whole lot differently when one takes a closer look; it’s a certainty that Miranda, after leaving the island, became much more discerning and savvy if considerably depressed.

Photo: Today in 1968, the crew of Apollo 8 took the first photograph of the Earth from space. “Earthrise” would become the iconic image of the environmental movement.   Source: American Experience

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