Astronauts?

I found this paragraph to be a great illustration of human pride:

The truth is that modern man is overimpressed by his own achievements. To put a rocket into an orbit that is more than a hundred miles from the surface of the earth takes a great deal of joint thought and effort, but we tend to overstate the case. Though the men who ride a few miles above the earth are called astronauts, this is clearly a misnomer. Men will not be astronauts until they ride among the stars, and it is important to remember that most of the stars are thousands of light-years away. The Russians are even more unrestrained in their overstatement, calling their men cosmonauts. Someone needs to say, ‘Little man, don’t take yourself quite so seriously.’

D. Elton Trueblood, The Incendiary Fellowship (New York: Harper & Row, 1967), 27.

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