The Operator tipped me to the above video this week — for obvious reasons. Here’s my take: Forget which side of the aisle your politics lean toward. Forget who you voted for in 2008, and forget who you’re going to vote for in 2012. I don’t care, and I don’t really want to hear about it. (I’m sure John Jackson is super awesome and so much better Jack Johnson. I believe you. You don’t have to tell me. Really!) Here’s something we can all get down on.
We need to dream. We need to continue learning about our universe, to keep learning about what makes the world go, and to keep exploring. Things down here are bad. But guess what? Things down here have always been bad. There’s never existed a single point in our short history in which we faced no socioeconomic issues. Yet exploration (both scientific and geographic) has always proven core to the process of growing society and improving our collective lot in life. Always.
Now, as far as I can tell, is still a part of “always.” So we still have the same need to keep at least some small portion of our attention focused outward. If we allow our nations to turn inward, we’ll suffer the same fate that comes of every society that does so: slow decline followed by failure.
I’m sure Tyson will prove more eloquent delivering the prepared-in-advance words he’ll narrate for the upcoming new Cosmos. As I pointed out in a podcast a while back, I’ve never met him, but a pretty-damn-near-life-size version of him did greet me (along with all other visitors) at the Hayden Planetarium in New York. And that Tyson reminded me a hell of a lot of Sagan. I can’t wait to see the new shows.
And I hope that the tiny speck of money we spend on exploring our universe doesn’t somehow get lost in the political shuffle. You tell ’em, Tyson.
I watch Bill Maher each week. I don’t follow science news, but I was quite taken with Mr. dGrasse Tyson. He managed to speak about science in a way everyone could understand and relate to. To borrow from Will Smith in Men in Black, he made [science] look good.
The space program is the survival of our species.
The complex web of life on our planet will live or die in the next 100 years based on whether we can get ourselves free of utter dependency on this single planatary source of absolutely everything we need to survive.
Of the slender thread that survival hangs on,
I have no doubt.
It is going to be a close race, but we will have the means to survive if we choose to do so. If we can stop our suicidal path towards infighting, hatred, and self destruction. We have it within ourselves to live. But we must choose to live and live as it we are worthy to do so.
“We have to dream in order to survive.”
Dr. Beverly Crusher
Star Trek: TNG — “Night Terrors”