In all this Jurassic World craze, I watched the two sequels on TV. There was a line from Jurassic Park 3 that struck me, Dr. Grant seemingly lost his friend and was talking to Erik, a young boy who he was rescuing from the dinosaur island. He mentioned that there was a difference between astronomers and astronauts.
“The astronomer… gets to study these amazing things from a place of complete safety.”
Then Erik, whom he was talking to said, “But then you never get to go into space.”
Now by all means this in no way was meant to say that what astronomers do are stupid and will never make a difference. The root of what Dr. Grant was saying that if you’re living as an astronomer because you are scared of being an astronaut, then something is wrong. Dr. Grant was pointing out that his friend was living in a way that scared him because of his previous experiences.
Because of previous experiences he was paralyzed and afraid to take risks. Despite the new age of his profession he wanted to stay back, do what he always did from the safety of his dig site. And in doing that he ended up risking more than he realized.
But… Going to space is about boldly going where no man has one has gone before. To get something that you’ve never had, you’re going to have to do something you’ve never done. And you can never do that from the safety of your comfort zone.
Law #22: Safe is risky