Social media users rarely if ever agree on anything.
As an active Twitter poster, I can testify first-hand that cyberspace is, most of the time, a cesspit of interminable disagreements and vexatious quarrelling.
Every now and then, however, users find common ground, a happening that brings them together, at least temporarily. The most recent unifier came after NASA published the first images of the James Webb Telescope.
Everyone was taken aback by the never seen before and breathtakingly beautiful photographs of deep space.
Few today would disagree that there is something mystifying and humbling about the heavens and the starry night sky.
Like us, our ancient predecessors found much delight in their nocturnal sky gazing. But for ancient religionists and scientists, there was more to it than sheer curiosity and admiration.
To stare at the heavens was to communicate with the gods and reach into the realm of metaphysics. The practice belonged to astrology and good-natured magic.
We are told as much in the ancient Greek novel Aethiopica by Heliodorus. When the Egyptian priest admonishes the young Theagenes, he informs him that to study the heavens is to tread the path of wisdom and honesty: