Two Steps Forward
One Giant Step Back
It's pretty amazing how adaptable and creative our silly yet sublime species can be. We have the ability to open nature's secrets to discover truths we'd never even imagined.
To look into the future and pull ourselves, hand over fist and tooth and nail into the most spectacular and fundamentally generative escapades.
To conquer our fears, of both simpler failure and utter annihilation, and propel ourselves into the unknown.
To be truly the most remarkable species to yet inhabit this pale blue dot amidst the cosmos.
And still do we cling to our past. To the dreams and delusions of our ancestors. Those who lacked the most basic bits of information to explain what we are and how we came to be.
As the legacy of George W Bush has been established, some of the more reactionary and paranoid of homo's visions have taken on new life; life which many of us had hoped to have seen the last of when the Soviet Empire dismantled itself in the inevitable fashion all such Top-down political structures must. Humans evolve as a species and over enormous lengths of time. Our silly thoughts and ideas can only maintain their existence for as long as we as a whole benefit from them.
It is certainly important to remember our history, and to embrace the good which has arisen from even some of the most horrifyingly naive and egotistical atrocities we once considered rationally based. Who we are is in great part the accumulation of thoughts we've had and acts we've performed.
But to go back, to idle, to rely upon concepts and beliefs which once had no empirical evidence visible to deny them; this is cowardice. This is foolishness of the most extreme nature.
It can only exist where people fear their own responsibilities will be too much for them to meet in achieving their goals.
It can only happen when people allow others to gain power over the expression of truth and the apparency of empirical reality. When people give in to fear of the responsibility we each have for our lives, regardless of whether or not we acknowledge those nearly discovered truths about reality and the universe in which we've evolved.
Today is also the anniversary of the first NASA Shuttle launch. A good idea which has stagnated and decayed rather than being expanded upon and transformed into new and better ways of explorer the Space around our planet. I love the Shuttle program for the still embryonic idea it so readily espoused that we could have simple and effective means of traveling beyond our own gravity well and out into the vast and often completely incredible expanses of space.
But it is time for something new. Again.
Patience and diligence against the reactionary politics of culture are needed now, as ever...