In the wake of two meteor hits and one near miss, I started pondering the phenomenon behind “wishing on a falling star.”
Have you ever seen a “falling star“? I have once. And it was a fearsome and “magical” sight. I just happened to be looking up at the sky on a high hill and suddenly a brilliant orange burst of light streaked across the sky. A three second memory burned into my brain–and the memory is as clear now as it was on that beautiful clear night. My experience allows me to appreciate how this phenomena is associated with a sign of “good fortune”. But as we know, “falling stars” are meteors that bring death and unimaginable destruction. With our understanding of Impact Theory, it’s now silly to think that “wishing on a falling star” will bring a person anything other than trouble and misfortune if meteors had the power to grant anything.
Similar to throwing a coin into a wishing well, seeing a falling star was until recently a sign of “good fortune”. But I’m doubting most people really think about the idea behind this tradition. Making a wish on a falling star is the first step toward a hoped-for dream becoming a reality. This thought is certainly the theme for the beloved and iconic Disney song “When you wish upon a star”.
And how enticing. Making a wish on a falling star clears the “playing field” no matter who you are if your hope or dream is passionate enough. But underneath this lovely thought simmers something entirely different; that there is an innate power in a rare inanimate object coupled with a desire strong enough to make the dream come true. And you can put the best tune to it (which Disney does, I love the tune to “When You Wish”) and the most inspirational words (which I thought until one day as I was singing it I realized what it was saying), but dressing it up doesn’t change the meaning behind the message. I love this tune so much that I made new lyrics for it. Next post I think!
The worst part is that our kids listen to this stuff every day. It’s all wrapped up with brilliant lights but the stripped down version isn’t pretty, and is in fact subversive and evil. Just like that meteor. It was amazing as it flashed throughout the sky, but it was beauty wrapped up in death.
So you are thinking, “Is this a diatribe on an evil Disney empire?” No, I’m not picking on Disney, although the themes are disturbing when you dissect out the glitz and cuteness of it all. This is merely an observation that what we once thought was a good “omen” is now a harbinger of death. And its a reminder to you and myself. The overused clichés’ “All that is Beauty is not made of Gold” and “Too Good to be True” hold new meaning when a beloved tradition is seen in a new and “dark” light. Be wise, keep your eyes open and don’t be fooled.
Beauty is empty without character beneath the exterior; words are empty without the power of action.
And on a darker note: I used to be puzzled over the passage in Revelation 8:10 that discussed a “great star” falling from the sky and killing 1/3 of the population in the future. How could a star fall? Well, Impact theory answered this for us. This passage is talking about Meteors, but science hadn’t caught up to God yet, and He wasn’t wanting it spelled out until the right time to the discerning reader. Now science has. What’s in your future?