The Stars Our Destination
In this year Two Thousand & Two of the Common Era, in
the month of January, with the Past on our shoulders and the
Future in our Hearts, and with the due respect to our
various societies, beliefs and common heritage, we, the living, do
This new Covenant
Of Earth and Fire
& of Air & Water & Ideas
As with a People, so also with Nations and Creeds,
there come times that try our souls, and times our hearts take flame.
The common wisdom and destination, of course, holds true.
And while we live, it behooves us to Dream.
A chancy business of necessity. Dreams may become
nations and nightmares, build hospitals and abattoirs. The maze is
infinite and fraught with risk, but a risk we must take,
for failing to dream, we waste our lives.
So let us not fear, but dream. Let us dream together
and see what may ensue. With a wary eye for misused and
malunderstood machineries, and with our feet on the earth
that bore us and our aspirations on the heavens slowly wheeling
overhead, let us convene.
Let us gather together.
The stars are waiting
Shall we not reach for them?
We leave the Nest now, in spirit foremost, with
breadth of imagination, and we sail out onto the face of the deep, where things are nebulous and unknown, and where the Kraken lurks
below. It becomes our task to fill in the blank expanses of the
map, to banish the “Here be Monsters” signs. The stars
shine like beacons in the dark.
Our quest is to follow them, and take what steps we
may to reach them. Given will enough, and time, the stars are
reachable. That is our faith.
And so it is that we propose The Jefferson Starship
Stellar Cartographic Society aforementioned; a society of Men,
Women & Children dedicated to this Reach, this Imagination,
this Endeavor. We now take this fire in our hands to encourage
this Quest as well as an ongoing Dialogue in these
Directions. Let us fill in the uncharted spaces as we may.
We blithely propose an initial founding membership of
Five Hundred Stellar Cartographers, supporting the aims and goals
of this Society with annual dues of One Hundred dollars per
This should be sufficient to enable the Society to
hold two annual meetings, one on each coast, and very near the Great
Waters, presided over by Paul Kantner and open to all
subscribing members. Music will be provided by the AQU of Jefferson
Starship, though the primary focus and reason for the
gathering is to share ideas and experiences in furtherance of our
These meetings will allow the members and the band to
gather and meet less formally than at traditional concerts.
There will also be these other certain perquisites of
membership: releases of otherwise unavailable musics and literatures,
a newsletter, credentials, passes and items of colossal
‘swag’, boarding passes, as well as the first editions of upcoming
In this year Two Thousand and Two of the Common Era,
under the auspices of the Speed of Speeds, the Die is cast.
Ad Astra Per Aspera
artwork & manifesto created by Jerry Moore.