“What a stupid book”, I said to myself. A trivial story about a romance between a priest, his son and a blind orphan. I hated André Gide’s novel “La Symphony Pastorale”! I had to study it a school and the moral questions the novel evokes on the base of Georg Friedrich Wilhelm Hegel’s philosophy totally escaped me. I was interested in astrophysics and spaceflight, not in moral dilemmas.