Looking back there are a few things that stay with me, aside from the astounding achievement itself.
First let me say that there is no scientific basis whatsoever to the claims that we never went to the moon. I will elaborate on this more in an upcoming post on Carl Sagan.
I for one do not think it was a mistake, going to the moon.
Man needs challenges, and exploration is a part of who we are.
The thing that impressed me the most about space travel, was how quickly it spurred the notion that we are truly a global society.
Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space proclaimed from his tiny cockpit:
"I see EARTH! it is BEAUTIFUL!"
He came home and spoke openly, albeit briefly, about a world without national or political boundaries.
He was quickly and quietly moved out of the public eye.
But the notion is too powerful to be quelled as more and more men and women travel into space.
When Neil Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface, he spoke words that he had crafted himself, from the perspective, not of an individual, not of a member of a nation, but of a traveler from Earth.
That is one small step for (a) man
One giant leap, for mankind.
I mention this because I think that perspective is sacred, important, and well worth the price.
Yes it was expensive
But so are many of the endeavors we undertake, including preparing for and engaging in acts of war.
I suppose the money spent going to the moon might have been better spent on something else, but after years of retrospect, I can say that about many things.
The saving and loan scandal of the late eighties cost this country approximately twenty times as much as the Apollo program.
The Iraq war: two hundred times...
Osama bin Laden was funded to the tune of three billion dollars by America, when he was fighting the Russians in Afghanistan...
We as human beings so often spend money trying to fix or heal the worlds troubles, only to find we have made them worse.
Global efforts in the sixties and seventies to feed a hungry world, have resulted in a doubling of the worlds population in less than thirty years, and the world is still hungry.
Logic dictates that this process cannot continue for long, for soon we will need two Earths to feed the population of just this one, and there is no second Earth to turn to.
There comes a time when you have to realize, before it is too late, that the problems of the world cannot be solved with money alone.
Love love love
Love is all you need...
Remember the song?
There was SO much truth revealed about the power of love at that time.
So much of the worlds troubles would be solved if we could simply love one another
But we don't
Looking back, I realize that there isn't a shortage of love in the world, it is simply a matter of application.
I see loving people all around me, caught up in a national hysteria so profound and so subtle, that they don't even realize how badly it undercuts their own moral compass.
I look out across the nations of the world and realize that it is the same everywhere.
When I look past the hate, the mistrust, I see love...
I'm sure even Hitler had his passions, felt love, for something,
There comes a time when you have to realize, before it is too late, that the problems of the world cannot be solved with Love alone.
I do not say this lightly, or with any degree of despondence, only with the slow sense of realization that has been granted me.
We simply must combine understanding, and the ability to learn, grow, compromise and accept, with our powers of Love and economics.
Understanding is key, and education is fundamental to the process.
No one nation can own the world
All nations must now come together and save the planet from our own selfish behavior.
The time for nationalism is gone
The time has come for us
The people of the world
To come together at last
Understanding must come first
Otherwise Love is blind
And money wayward.
Do Yourself a Favor
Motown sensation Stevie Wonder, at the age of twelve, spelled it out.
"Do yourself a favor
Educate your mind
Get yourself together
For there aint' much time"
The link provided is a cover by my favorite boyhood rock band, Edgar Winter & the White Trash - A powerful rhythm and blues combo consisting of white, black and native American musicians.
I liked that - liked it allot.
"1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12
Don't you know
Before you go
You'd better educate yourself"
As simple as Sesame Street
As profound as the deepest heart
So the next time someone tells you we can find no solutions "for love or money"
You tell them that is correct
But only because they don't understand