Sidey’s weekend theme is “Tellurian.” Once you get the idea of an alien race from “Star Trek” out of your mind, the word opens up a very wide range of possibilities that can all be grounded right here on Planet Earth. For we are all Tellurian (at least I assume so; but maybe not. . .), and we are all fellow passengers on a “big blue marble in space.” We are each of us unique, yet we are part of one another and of the entirety of creation – terrestrial and extraterrestrial. We are all and everything made from the same “God Stuff.”
A Big Blue Marble in Space
The Big Blue Marble was a children’s television program about the lives of children all over the world. It focused on the diversity and beauty of the many cultures in the world. Instead of featuring adults, it always explained from the viewpoint of a child and used children as their focus; what they ate, how they played, what their schools were like, etc. One week you’d be presented with scenes from a Mexican child’s life and the next it could be focused on the life of a child from Switzerland.
The program, over its ten-year run, won twelve Emmy Awards, and one Peabody Award. The awards were well-deserved.
I remember watching this program with our sons, way back in the day. It was a wonderful show to watch with your kids, and was of interest to children and their parents alike. As soon as I started pondering Sidey’s theme, the two songs from the program came to my mind, and I have been basking in the memory of those very early Sunday mornings, before church, watching this TV show with Josh and Matt, and learning a bit about our Big Blue Marble.
Here are the lyrics to the beautiful opening song – and they are appropriate for all of us Tellurians!
“The earth’s a Big Blue Marble when you see it from out there.
The sun and moon declare our beauty’s very rare.
Folks are folks and kids are kids – we share a common name.
We speak a different way, but work and play the same.
We sing pretty much alike, enjoy Spring pretty much alike;
Peace and love we all understand, and laughter – we use the very same brand.
Our differences, our problems from out there, theres not much trace.
Our friendships they can place while looking at the face of the Big Blue Marble in space.”
The closing theme, “Closer,” is equally lovely:
(The quality of this video is quite poor, and out-of-sync, but it gives you the idea of what the song was like.)
“Closer, getting closer, perspective start to change things look a little strange, as we get closer.
Closer, growing closer, no need to be afraid our troubles start to fade, as we get closer.
Together is a word we must learn to understand, if we ever want to get to know each other better.
Together is a word that holds tomorrow in its hand, tomorrow’s just another day to get together, and… Get closer, closer, closer…”
Each episode began with “Hello” spoken by children of many languages, and ended with “Goodbye.”
And so, my fellow Tellurians, this ends my weekend theme response –
Il suffit. . .
それは十分ですか. . .
Es suficiente. . .
這是不夠的. . .
Es ist genügend. . .
Ni kutosha. . .
É suficiente. . .
È sufficiente. . .
Dit is genoeg. . .
Det är tillräckligt. . .
It is enough. . .