I have strong reason to believe that the blonde haired, blue eyed, six year boy who lives next to me is Carl Sagan…
Carl Edward Sagan was an American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator in astronomy and other natural sciences.
He passed away in 1996.
But now he’s back.
There is no reason to disclose why I believe the boy is Mr. Sagan, except that there is data that only I am aware of that makes me know that he is.
The main matter that I would like to discuss with young neighbor boy Carl Sagan is that of “the Goldilocks Zones”.
A Goldilocks Zone, also known as a habitable zone or a lifezone, is the region of space in which a planet is just the right distance from its home star so that its surface is neither too hot or too cold to support organic life as we know it.
Mr Sagan, disguised as my young neighbor, so far has kept his opinions on this matter close to his chest and his Pokemon vest.
However, please trust me when I say I have asked young Carl direct questions regarding the Goldilocks Zone numerous times, and though his responses vary wildly and are (actually) quite unpredictable, he has not lent any of his mental bandwidth to me.
“Carl, given the consequences of our own existence as it relates to global warming, should humans as a race, attempt to nudge our planet a bit further out into our own solar systems Goldilocks Zone?”
“Mr, Sagan, moving the planet a greater distance from our own sun would seem to me, (obviously I posses an infinitesimal amount of galactic knowledge compared to you Mr. Carl), but it would seem that a move outwards would have a cooling effect on our planet. Not dissimilar from moving yourself further from an oven if the radiant heat from that oven was causing you discomfort?”
“Carl S, what if we organized the entire human race for a “All Inhabitant of the Planet Selfie”?? We’d all gather on a single continent. Then on your command Mr. Sagan, we (the entire human race) jump up and down, in a completely synchronized binary pattern that you have devised, with hopes (fingers crossed) that our jumping will nudge Planet Earth from it’s current orbit of the sun and push the Earth out a bit deeper into space, lessening the heat our planet receives from the sun, thus slowing our Earths warming, giving us time to make wholesale changes to our way of life, which will allow us, as a race, to have longer enjoyment of our own magical world?”
Carl Sagan, still cloaked in his re incarnation six year old boy disguise told me that he likes it when cookies come out of the warm oven at his house, and that he is fast and likes racing, which is not helpful, but is actually two more things I have in common with young Carl.
I will challenge anyone to an optimism contest.
I believe in the good of people so so much.
I believe that if I thought about it hard enough, I could make you blink right now.
I believe that there are so many Carl Sagans and six year old boys and six year old girls and parents and everybody else’s out there that we can make many things a lot better.
And while we figure out how and how to make things better, we just need to remember one very important thing:
Help the People,
Help the People.
Tonight we pour red wine from a California winemaker named Bryan Harrington.
A winemaker who has visited us many times in the past.
Bryan, like so many, will be affected by the fires in Northern California.
Tonight and for the foreseeable future, we should all drink a bit more wine from Bryan and from our own state of California.
Which, if you think about it, is a Goldilocks Zone within a Goldilocks Zone.
I’ll add it to my “Discussion Points for Carl” Google Doc.
- Randy Clement