Totality

Totality 
A noun: the whole of something. 
The quality for state of being total. 
Philosophically: absolute. Everything. 

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Few things truly unite the planet, those rare and tender moments when we realize our own totality in the human experience on this earth spinning in a vast and beautiful universe so full of mystery. In a time when we are so divided, the eclipse served as a reminder, we are absolute. This planet is everything we’ve got. It may be fractured by differing beliefs, cultures, values and geography, but on Monday, August 22nd, the moon reminded us that despite our location on earth, despite what we have and where we come from, we are all sharing in the totality of the human experience. 

As I watched the moon obscure the light from the sun, I experienced total vulnerability. How easily we forget we are always in a state of totality, not just when we lose our light momentarily, but every day, in light, in darkness, and in the erie in-between that we all experience at dawn and dusk. In all the images below, we see a common thread of awe and wonder. An amazing, two year old local to Carrboro said it best when she exclaimed to her mom, "Wow! It's the moon," and then upon looking around her announced, "it's weird out here." Across ages, and mountain ranges and time zones, the images below capture the totality of the human experience. 

Ainslie and Austin, former TB&C team members with friends; Idaho

“It felt like a dream. I expected everything to get darker, but it wasn’t really until the last seconds before Totality. Rather, everything just lost contrast which was really amazing to experience. We were so lucky to be in a part of the country where there was so much SKY. The 360 sunset was something I wasn’t expecting and like everything else, it was so cool." - Ainslie

“It felt like a dream. I expected everything to get darker, but it wasn’t really until the last seconds before Totality. Rather, everything just lost contrast which was really amazing to experience. We were so lucky to be in a part of the country where there was so much SKY. The 360 sunset was something I wasn’t expecting and like everything else, it was so cool." - Ainslie

Thanks to everyone who sent awesome pictures and shared their reflections. Comment with your eclipse experience and enter to win something totality awesome from TB&C!