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Earth from Space

              If the Earth
           were only a few feet in
       diameter, floating a few feet above
    a field somewhere,    people would come
  from everywhere to marvel at it.  People would
 walk around it, marvelling at its big pools of water,
  its little pools and the water flowing between the pools
 People would marvel at the bumps on it, and the holes in it,
 and they would marvel at the very thin layer of gas surrounding
  it and the water suspended in the gas.     The people would marvel
  at all the creatures walking around the surface of the ball, and at
  the creatures in the water.   The people would declare it as sacred
   because it was the only one, and they would protect it so that it
    would not be hurt.  The ball would be the greatest wonder known,
    and people would come to pray to it, to be healed, to gain
      knowledge, to know beauty and to wonder how it could
       be. People would love it, and defend it with their
        lives because they would somehow know that
          their lives,    their own roundness,
           could be nothing without it. If
               the Earth were only a few
                  feet in diameter.
				Joe Miller, 
					Moab, Utah