10 things you should do before you die

28 August 2007
  1. Fall in love.
  2. Look up at the Milky Way on a clear moonless night from a place far from the glare of city lights.
  3. Experience a total eclipse of the Sun.
  4. Speak openly and honestly to the ones you love about your own inevitable death.
  5. See the Earth from space.
  6. Hold a meteorite in your hand and consider where it came from.
  7. Walk round a Saturn V moon rocket and know that humans can accomplish anything if they set their minds to it.
  8. Walk around your home town for an hour and realize that none of this will exist in a thousand years.
  9. Stand on a sandy beach by the surf and forcefully command the tide to turn back. Did you learn anything?
  10. Talk to someone whose world view is radically different from your own. Realize that because you believe something to be absolutely true or a person of authority says something is absolutely true does not mean it must be true.
  11. Look around you at all the things that make your life healthy, comfortable and interesting. Realize that almost all those things exist because of science and technology.

OK I lied. I listed eleven things. But that was mainly because at least one of the things will probably be unattainable.