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.
- 44 Years Ago Today: Apollo 8′s Historic Broadcast from the Moon on Christmas Eve in 1968 (launiusr.wordpress.com)
- With a view from beyond the moon, an astronaut talks religion, politics and possibilities (seattletimes.com)
- Christmas Eve Prayer (espirational.com)