Weekend self-care open thread—We touched the vault of heaven
There’s an anniversary today even more important than my 50th birthday yesterday.
On July 20, 1969, with technology which would be laughable today, three Americans landed on another world after a journey of five days through the vacuum of space.
The moon shot began as a product of the Cold War. The Soviet Union’s early successes in space spooked the United States. It foresaw a Russian dominance of space, and maybe ultimate Soviet victory in the Cold War. Sputnik drove the US to increase funding for science and math education, which turned the US into the world’s intellectual and scientific powerhouse.
But by the time that Neil Armstrong took humanity’s first step on another world, all of that had been forgotten. The world was united in captivation as to what hairless apes who were on the brink of annihilation could do in the service of something greater than death and war. We escaped the bonds of earth, and touched where God dwelt.
Our future is in the stars, after we heal our own world. Humanity has the irrepressible drive to explore, to go beyond what is known. It’s what drove Zheng He, and Ibn Battuta, and Vasco da Gama. It’s what drives us now, as we peer into the far recesses of the universe. Our village, our city, our province, our nation, our world are too small for us. We are wanderers, seeking to know what we didn’t know before. It is this yearning which will save us from self-destruction.
Only one video for this weekend’s self-care thread, as a man set foot on an alien world. I encourage you to contemplate what our species can achieve in the service of knowledge.
As always, care for yourselves and others.
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