Capturing Meaning in the Mundane – Daily Quote

Jo Hawk


Rain, rain, go away. If you lived on a different planet, you might wish it would never rain. Rain, in the form of water, only falls on our blue marble. Venus’ atmospheric condition creates hot sulfuric acid rain. Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, offers icy methane rainstorms. On Mars expect dry-ice snow, Jupiter rains liquid helium, and the Sun provides plasma rain. Most amazing of all, scientists speculate extreme pressure and temperature can create diamonds in the atmospheres of Saturn, Neptune, and Jupiter. At lower levels, the diamonds liquefy and fall as rain on the surface.

We should consider ourselves lucky that we don’t have to contend with flesh-melting precipitation. By comparison, plain old H2O sounds wonderful. Earthly rainfall evokes impressions of sadness, rejection, and despair on chilly gray days. But it also creates feelings of rebirth, emotional and physical cleansing, and renewal. In desert locations, a single shower can lift…

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