Saturday, March 18, 2006

Remember ISS - the International Space Station.

It's sometimes observed that 'When you're up to your arse in alligators, it's sometimes difficult to remember that the original intention was to drain the swamp'.

Well, NASA hasn't lost sight if it's long term goals. Let's hope humanity doesn't lose sight of our collective goal(s) either. We all have individual goals, hopefully we share some goals as well. Some things above the basic human requirements of Food, Shelter, and Clothing. For I believe humans need something more than these basic things. We can call it, or them many things. Hope. Challenge. A better life for our children. The big project - be that via our employment or a personal goal. Jefferson distilled it to Life, Liberty, and The Pursuit of Happiness. (And that needs to apply to us as individuals - not as defined by some elite who take it upon themselves to define what we want or need - that has always degenerated into what that are prepared to let the plebs have, rather than wahat they/we want or need).

I hope that some day in our future, we as human kind will have the option to board an immigrant spaceship, as our ancestors once boarded immigrant sailing ships. Ready to build new societies with renewed freedoms wherever we have the courage to go and start anew.

NASA and the ISS, and the various other organisations that look to space, take the small steps for us towards that goal.

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