The distress our country is enduring is chaotic. However, it’s important to remember our reactions to similar problems historically — in 1969.
Environment: An oil platform released the largest amount of oil in American waters up to then.
Legal system: James Ray, Martin Luther King Jr.’s shooter, pleaded guilty.
Politics: Tear gas was dropped on anti-war protesters from helicopters.
Despite catastrophic unease, there was one global, rallying moment: landing people on the moon.
It’s hard to fight your neighbor when you realize everybody you’ve known, know and will ever know lives on and uses the same planet.
On Friday, the Orion spacecraft launched. It’s America’s only spacecraft capable of deep space exploration since Apollo. It’s the world’s only spacecraft capable of deep space exploration since Apollo. The mission was a success.
Miles above strife, a bold star burned through space. This is the first week the human species is again capable of going to the moon.
Nothing appears jubilant this turbulent December, but perhaps surpassing our incivilities we might travel on this planet — our home — peacefully.
Every problem that captures our society originates in the only known location where thinking, empathetic life forms exist. We are a fragile lot, but are capable of unfathomable feats to make our stay in this void brighter, louder and inconceivably kinder.
We are all fools seeking these same simple things.
If we remind ourselves how dire it is that we disregard hatred for compassion, ignorance for exploration and avarice for humanity, the skies are only the beginning.
Anthony J. Zarzycki