Just thought I'd draw a parallel from my recent experience at Burning Man. Most Burners eventually ask other Burners, "What impressed you the most (this year, last year, etc.)?" Meaning, of course, the art or some event. A friend of mine, after I was going off about this or that art or event, said the thing that impressed her the most was, "The dust." And, for sure, EVERYONE at Burning Man deals with the dust, it is a constant, it is everywhere and in everything, one eats it and breathes it and smells it and sees it and tries to wipe it off. But it will not wipe off, not for long. And, so, one wears it with pride tempered with humility.
As if there wasn't already enough dust in the world, here we go, looking for more, from out of the world. I tried to explain it to another friend the other day. He didn't get it, why millions of dollars and hours go into this project, this kind of project, while poverty/war/intolerance/you name it needs those same millions, probably more. And he's been to Burning Man, five times at least, where untold millions of dollars and hours go to raise the dust. Try to explain the interstellar dust to someone who hasn't been there? Do any of you who haven't been to Burning Man understand the desert dust now? For that matter, any who have?
Thanks for the opportunity. I've only looked at a hundred real movies, caught a glimpse of that new dust a few times. Didn't look like much. Not yet.