William Shatner, Captain Kirk of Star Trek fame, returned to earth after a short stint in space and cried as he shared his experience with Jeff Bezos, the billionaire from Amazon who sent him there and back.
Upon landing after a successful flight to space, William Shatner, cried as he tried to express what he just saw. The 90-year-old Shatner was visibly moved from his experience:
In a way it’s indescribable…Not only is it different than what you thought, it happened so quickly. You know what the impression [is that] I have, that I never expected to have, is you’re shooting up and it’s blue sky (champaigne showers begin as Shatner is silent)
What you have done (looking at Bezos). Everybody in the world needs to do this. Everybody in the world needs to see (begins to cry). It was unbelievable. Unbelievable… To see the blue color go right by you and now you see the blackness, that’s the thing the covering of blue, this sheet, this blanket, this comforter blue that we have around us. We think oh that’s blue sky. And suddenly you shoot through it all as if you are ripping the sheet off you after you sleep and you’re looking into blackness and ugliness. And you look down. There’s the blue down there and the black up there and it’s… There is mother and it’s earth and comfort, and there is, is there death? I don’t know.
Is that the way death is? Wow, and it’s gone. It was so moving. This experience, it’s something unbelievable… the covering of blue. This is what I never expected… Suddenly you’re through the blue and into black.
(Looking at Bezos) What you have given me is the most profound experience I can imagine (crying). I’m so filled with emotion about what just happened, I just, it’s extrodinary. (hug) I hope I never recover from this. I hope I can maintain what I know now. I don’t want to lose it. It’s so much larger than me and life.
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