Clyde William Tombaugh (1906 – 1997) is the American astronomer who discovered Pluto in 1930.
Clyde never lived to see New Horizons (above) and its historic achievements these days. But no matter the time gap, Clyde is and will always be part of the Pluto project.
Because this is how our human civilization moves ahead.
Each one of us, human beings, has a unique path in time and space.
It could start with THAT divine encounter, when two biological computers start, with a touch of romance, a nonverbal discussion about the survivability quotient of an eventual common offspring … The irrational fire of Love, and the Tour de France mode of competition for the tens of millions of spermatozoa to determine the one only winner… And your first cry at the World, some months later.
It is not just a baby; a whole new Universe is born. A quantum of humanity, bringing new changes to our world.
First, in the good old traditions of Mother Nature, you have to get prepared for your first successful hunt. You are nurtured, trained and educated. At the expenses and with the achievements of what others, born before you, have produced or created.
Then, by absolving the ritual of blowing your 18 birthday candles, you get the irrevocable status of sole and plenipotentiary captain of your life. This is when the countdown starts, and until you reach mid sixties, when you would be supposed to switch to concluding the high energy mode,
You have the exclusively yours Time resource of some 17 000 days and 17 000 nights to carve out of your environment The Masterpiece of Your Human Existence.
This Time tank cannot be refueled. Your Time battery has no recharge option. But yours is the absolute freedom to make judgments and choices. Alone or with your team, company, political party or regiment.
You can choose to float down the river. Or swim upstream, no matter how hard it is. Dive to the bottom, or fly beyond the Solar system. You can have many heroes, but you don’t have to follow any of them. Because you are born unique, you can face the challenges and break your own way through. And do things many might deem impossible.
Whatever choices you have made during those 17 000 days and 17 000 nights, you will leave your ineradicable footprint on the road of the human civilization. It does not matter how big or how deep this footprint is.
The only thing that matters is the direction you have walked.