“Science, Neil [Armstrong] tells us, has not yet mastered prophecy. We predict too much for the next year and yet far too little for the next 10. In much of society, research means to investigate something you do not know or understand.
The important achievement of Apollo was demonstrating that humanity is not forever chained to this planet and our visions go rather further than that and our opportunities are unlimited.”
The reason why #RS is so special to me is because it’s not just a tribute that focuses on one person… it’s a tribute that focuses on all of us.
For all of the world’s troubles and (to use Nick’s favorite word) fuckedupness… it’s hard to deny that there is far more beauty in this world than anything else. Beauty in our surroundings and beauty in ourselves.
That beauty is a gift.
Some of it was given to us and some of it was created by us and creation comes from dreaming. So when people ask, what does the first Man on the Moon have to do with a tribute to Reeva… well, in honor of Reeva’s legacy, it is the recognition of the power of our dreams.
While writing about Reeva and considering the life that she lived, I thought a lot about her parents, and I thought a lot about my mine. Just like all families, my family has not been without struggle, as I discuss in the books. But those struggles pale greatly in comparison to the love that we share for each other and it reminds me that we are nothing in this world without the people that we love and the people that support us.
The 1960’s were a pivotal time for America. The decade began with the romance of Camelot and ended triumphantly with a Man on the Moon. But in between, we suffered the loss of three great men who had done so much to change the minds and hearts of this world – JFK, Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. – and it could have been so easy for everybody to give up and stop chasing dreams in the wake of that devastation. But the opposite happened. Those losses fueled a fire that changed our ability to dream and explore forever.
I wanted to talk to my Dad about what it was like to live during that time and witness the broadcast of the
Man on the Moon
My Dad (and my Mom) have always encouraged my brother and I to be our very best and to shoot for the Moon.
They have selflessly pushed us to go after everything in life that inspires us and were always the ones cheering loudest from the sidelines. This post is in honor of them! Thanks, Mom and Dad.
I love you to the Moon and back.
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8 Replies to “To the Moon and Back”
that last photo of the LM is amazing.
Aside: I don’t know enough about the events involving the shooting dead of a large black teenager in Ferguson, but members of the community have expressed their dissatisfaction with a recent court ruling by apparently destroying property in their own community. Not sure whether this is a case of cutting one’s own nose to spite ones face but it is a clear expression of an extreme emotional dissatisfaction with the legal decision. I suspect this same type of emotional reaction has also occurred in the Oscar Pistorius case – however the upset people in the latter case are non-local and globally dispersed.
The Ferguson case and the Oscar case actually have nothing in common, with one exception, and it’s an exception that is true of every single trial… There is always a portion of the population that forms their opinion based solely on emotion and information fed to them from the media, rather than on their own homework and actual case facts. That exists in the Oscar case and it exists in Ferguson. I’m in the process of writing about Ferguson and can tell you that I believe the grand jury got it right and its deplorable what the people of Ferguson are doing to their own town. More to follow in the next few days…
In any court case there is an onus that in a situation of uncertainty one should always give the accused the benefit of the reasonable doubt, With regard Ferguson I suspect the local community are unhappy with the attitude of the policing, and I suspect it is the police attitude that lends itself to shooting, and shooting to kill, which is the main impetus behind the protest. Certain attitudes make it more likely that unarmed people are going to be shot dead.
With regard to OP, he certainly seemed to display an attitude that lent itself to shooting, and shooting to kill …
Of course attitudes are difficult to prove one way or another in a court environment and to a given specific situation.
Jason, we must be careful of judging the Ferguson situation.
The teenager was attacking the police officer who was in his car and trying to get out. The teenager had the advantage.
The police are trained to shoot in those circumstances, for the very real reason if the teenager had overpowered the police officer, he could have taken the gun and shot the officer and there is also the potential of using a policeman’s gun on others.
If you pick a fight with armed police officers in any country, you will get yourself shot.
Police officers are killed every year in the US and they face very dangerous armed criminals. They cannot play around as their life can depend on it. The numbers killed every year are in the hundreds.
Police killed yearly in the USA
The teenager had robbed a store and attacked someone elderly working in the store.
Thanks for the stats. There seems to be a low level war occurring in the U.S. more in some communities than others. I don’t think the particular killing was the “cause” of the Ferguson riots. I think it was more a trigger point. Maybe it is not a case of right or wrong – maybe it is a case of what to do to stop riots in future. Flood the streets with “national guard”? Tougher police action? Throw more people in jail? Rethink community policing? Rethink education? Or maybe this is just a mountain made out of a molehill and the media should be forbidden to cover it.
JMO, Personally, I think it is up to the community itself to deal with it. If you think your people are treated unfairly and face prejudice. Then rioting, burning shops, looting and overturning police cars is not going to help. It does the opposite and feeds the prejudice.
I feel very sorry for the mother who lost her son and her pain must be terrible. He was only eighteen. But, why was he out robbing a store and why did he attack a police officer?