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The night sky was clear, and he could feel the cool air as he looked up out of the open window. David was a dreamer. While his eyes could not see past the dome of stars encompassing the Earth, his mind could. David knew that for each star, each speck in the night sky, there were a billion other stars that he could not see. And David knew that for every one of those stars, there was the possibility that a planet existed just like his own, a planet with people -- not humans, but people -- living their lives as he was living his. David imagined these people wearing colors that did not exist, walking in ways nobody walked, thinking in ways no human thought. He imagined these things just as he did when he was a child. He had always wondered at the stars, and he wondered if no one else imagined the same things he did. Everyone around him had always been so occupied with daily chores and worldly events; sometimes he felt as though he was the only one who looked up at the endless depth of the sky in sheer awe. However, his awe would often be followed by the melancholy and despair of knowing he would never be able to explore the universe and meet those alien people. He would never be able to aim at a dot in the sky, set sail, and watch as it grew into a large, brilliant star in his window. Oh, how he just wanted to escape his galaxy to visit another. He knew he couldn’t. But he could help his children to follow his dream. And his children would do the same to their own. And David knew that one day the world would realize the greatness of the universe, put aside their silly superstitions and conflicts on Earth, and be able to explore the cosmos. And they would meet new people on distant planets.

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Vic


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