Don't ask me why, but I have been mulling over the message I might want to send to our friends in outer space recently.
This is the one President Carter put on the record sent out on each of the Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977:
This is a present from a small distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts and our feelings. We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours. We hope someday, having solved the problems we face, to join a community of galactic civilizations. This record represents our hope and our determination, and our goodwill in a vast and awesome universe.
I don't know why but that seems almost unbearably hopeful and nostalgic to me now. Like watching old episodes of Star Trek. and remembering how, as a kid, I would always rush to the window after. Just to gaze.
So what would you put in your message? And what music would you include in your space capsule?