I’ve been watching Star Trek a long time…….I mean a long time. I grew up with Kirk, Spock, Uhura, Sulu, Scotty, Chekhov, Bones…..they were some real heroes. They lived in a society where the world had gotten past it’s petty differences for the most part, and wanted to better themselves by exploring both within and without. People were doing things because they WANTED to – not because they HAD to. People were free to choose the lifestyle the wanted, and didn’t have to worry about it.
Now think about this…..we were first in the space race to put a man on the moon. This was a HUGE accomplishment! We did that in what? 1969????? Almost FORTY years later, we have not progressed much past this point. Yes, we have a space station now, but…..how large is it? Not very large, and not very much to it at this point.
Have we been back to the moon yet? No.
Have we sent MANNED explorations to Mars yet? No.
Have we sent 2 shuttles up, left one up there to perhaps go back and forth to the moon, and thus have a vehicle to do more exploration with? No.
Have we thought about perhaps sending up supplies to build a larger space vehicle for continued exploration? No.
We have some of the brightest minds on the planet, who could pool their resources together and come up with marvels to propel humankind farther than they thought possible, but what are they doing?
I mean seriously……..WHAT-ARE-THEY-DOING????
Here’s another one. There was a guy a LONG time ago who made a car that could run on WATER. Plain….old….WATER. Clean-burning, clean-running, and would not pollute. Was it mass-marketed? NO! The patent/design was bought and BURIED! Note: The guy still has the car to this day, and I bet he laughs every time he passes a gas pump.
Every time someone makes something that would benefit humankind in unimaginable ways, yet deprives PROFITS from some large CORPORATION…..the idea is bought and BURIED and FORGOT ABOUT!!!
We need to stop thinking about what will drive our profit margins the most, and start thinking about what will benefit our people the most. Some of you may dismiss this as pure reterich, but think about it……..just sit back and think about it. What have we really DONE this past forty years that has been truly remarkable?
Catching bad guys? Nice, but there are bad guys everywhere. It’s the media that makes them larger than life. Good going there, guys.
Fighting the war? We caught the bad guy – great! Not the original one we were GOING after, but we did get one. OK….kudos on that one. One down, and a bazillion to go.
I guess I’m just not impressed with our overall progress as a whole. We have SO MUCH POTENTIAL, yet never use it. Imagine what we could do AS A PEOPLE if we just put our minds to it. If we really really wanted to, we could do so much.
I figure one HUGE thing is in the way here……..GREED!!!
Douglas Adams wrote it best. “This planet has — or rather had — a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.”
As long as we worry about who has the most power, the most money, and the most control…….we’re not going to get anywhere fast. The answer is so simple, yet those in control of the countries of the world don’t want to hear it. Let’s put away the bombs, the rockets, the guns…..and let’s MAKE something of this world – our planet. Let’s make it better.
I know…..you can’t hear me over your gunfire…..it’s about what I expected……