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8 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 27, 1 --- On The Record -- .-. cleaner environment depends on you SLEEPING SATELLITE I blame you for the moonlit sky/And the dream that died/With the eagle's flight/[ blame you for the moonlit nights/When I wonder why/Are the seas still dry/Don't blame this sleeping satellite CNS COLUMNIST Did we fly to the moon too soon/Did we squander the chance/In the rush of the race/The reason we chase is lost in romance/And still we try/To jus- tify the waste/For a taste of man's greatest adven- ture Have we got what it takes to advance/Did we peak too soon/If the world is so green/Then why does it scream under a blue moon/We wonder why/The earth's sacrificed/For the price of its greatest treasure And when we shoot for the stars/What a giant step/Have we got what it takes/To carry the weight of this concept/Or pass it by/Like a shot in the dark/Miss the mark with a sense of adventure Written by Tasmin Archer, John Seck John Hughes Sung by Tasmin Archer Copyright (c) 1992 by EMI Records 1993 SBK Records "Sleeping Satellite" is Tasmin Archer's debut chart hit. I really like this group's clear, strong, fe- male lead. The song's lyrics pre- sent metaphors and images that seem to refer to the Earth. What is unclear is who is being addressed with the song's message. Perhaps it is all of humankind as we stand on the edge of the 21st century. The song appears to ask us a series of questions: Is this "sleeping satellite" that we call our home going to survive how we treat it? Can we "justify the waste" that often occurs as we seek a "taste of man's greatest adven- ture?" "Have we got what it takes to advance" as a society toward responsible care of the planet? Or "did we peak too soon" in our scientific growth, leaving moral and ethical concerns be- hind? Whatever the song's intent, surely these are questions we must face. No matter what our age, each of us has a choice in how we live each day and how we respect the Earth. For example, did you put that empty soda can or bottle in your family's recycle bins? Or, if you were out, did you bring it home instead of throwing it into some unspecified trash can, or throw it on to the ground? Further, if your family has no established sys- tem for recycling, have you brought this possi- bility up to the rest of the family? You could vol- unteer to set up a system, with some consultation on where and how the system will be imple- mented. Maybe you could observe how resources are used in your school. Do the kitchen and lunch- room facilities utilize as many reusable materials as possible'? Who sees that the lights are off when not in use? If your school owns vehicles, do they get good gas mileage? Raising such concerns can be become part of a dialogue between you and school authorities. In fact, with the start of school, why not volun- teer to join or initiate a student-faculty group that leads others in improving how people treat the env!ronment in and around your school? If you dan t want to get that involved with your school, how about creating an Earth-care project with your parish youth group? When considering the Earth's future, this is most clear: Whether the Earth survives as a beau- tiful home for humankind is not up to someone else. It depends on you! Sure, you can turn your head and pretend not to care how "the Earth's sacrificed for the price of its greatest treasure." Or, together, we can make another choice. What will you do? (Your comments are always welcome. Please address: Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, Rock- port, IN 47635.) Arts & Entertainment Cable channel offers 'thoughtful' d,00cumentary on King Tut By HENRY HERX sor of cultural history at Lon- 18-20 years old when he ....... Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS} -- The most exciting archaeological find of the 20th century is re- visited in "The Face of Tu- tankhamun," a four- part doc- umentary premiering Sunday, Aug. 29, through Wednesday, Sept. 1, 8-9 p.m. EDT each night on the Arts & Entertain- ment cable channel. The first two programs pro- vide a chronological account of British archaeologist Howard Carter's 1922 discov- ery of King Tut's 3,000-year- old tomb, an event which captured the popular imagi- nation of the era. The third program looks at the media myths of the omb's curse and the cycle of horror movies based upon it. Also examined is the Tut mania that swept the United States during the recent tour of the tomb's beautiful arti- den's Royal College of Art, the series succeeds in re-cre- ating the excitement of the original find and its impor- tance to Egyptian archaeol- ogy. Much of the Carter expedi- tion's black-and-white footage of the tomb's trea- sures is used, but the magnifi- cance of these artifacts are seen to best advantage in modern c(lor photography, of which there is a great abun- dance. The storv of the expedition is one of secrecy, suspicion and not inconsiderable mys- tery, compounded by the strange character of Carter, who died "lonely and embit- tered" in 1939, as well as that of his patron, Lord Carnar- yon, who died from blood poisoning a few months after the find. The biggest mystery re- died, apparently from a blow at the base of the skull. The post-mortem also re- vealed that when Carter and his team had unwrapped Tut's mummy, it had been "literally torn to pieces" in their eagerness to retrieve the jewelry and gold mask with which he had been buried. 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