She whispers my name... Only I can hear

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

For Love or Money

I was enjoying some of the reflections in the media last month as we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
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.

Come together

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
Long 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


Citizen of Earth said...

Yes - I am back
Though this is still a time of great loss for me, and my grief knows no bounds

Still I feel the world calling me - and I must answer

I will continue to write

If you are thinking a year ahead - plant seeds
If you are thinking 10 years ahead - plant a tree
If you are thinking 100 years ahead - educate the people

Lynn said...

Dear Citizen,
I was so gladdened to see you at my blog today! So tickled to be called "wet feet" a Native American name!
And so glad to come here today and find you again with your words of wisdom, you who educate many, who speaks from the heart.
Your banner is beautiful to behold.
I am sorry to learn you've been greiving. I will go back to the next post to learn more.
Hugs,and thanks again for knocking on my door! Please come back soon.

Lydia said...

I'm glad you heard our call. I absolutely adored your answer.

Peace to your heart, dear friend.

human being said...

today's war is between money and love... you are right... great insight...

yes Bobbb... you are needed... even a quantum of change in one person makes a big difference...

so never go away...

may your heart be filled with joy once again...

human being said...

BTW, really love the photo in your header and that one-liner...

this is that river once you wrote about, eh?