“Since corrupt people unite amongst themselves to constitute a force, honest people must do the same.”
–Tolstoy’s WAR & PEACE
At a historic moment, when the whole world should be watching the gripping and monumental return of manned flight from US soil (constant coverage on all our networks, not just the SPACE X and other youtube channels) , aboard a new vehicle for the start of a new age of revamped space flight — too many of us are embroiled in looking down, and back, or not looking at all.
When Man should be taking steps to the stars, toward progress that is monumental, too many of us are captivated instead with old fights and old hates and old thinking, that keeps us here in the 21st century, behaving like we are still in the 19th century.
I do not advocate ignoring the stupidity and challenges foisted on us by bad actors, who are actively engaged with the negative, and the venal and the ignoble.
What I am saying is we must deal with the bigots and venal and un-evolved and psychopathic among us, but not to the point of losing our forward momentum to the backpedaling monsters of our age.
What I am saying is people have died, and we must stem the dying, people have hated and we must stem the hate, people have abused their positions of trust and power, and we must remove them from those positions. But none of these corrective things do we do, at the cost of looking forward, and thinking forward, and moving forward.
There will always be that small mad segment, that wants to do nothing more than throw feces against walls, and breed chaos, rather than calm. We will never move forward allowing ourselves to be led by the gibbering mad. The only way to truly beat such backward thinking, is by actively moving forward.
If we have corrupt individuals we will remove them. Whether that individual calls himself terrorist or patriot. If we have corrupt officers we will remove them. If we have corrupt organizations we will remove them. If we have corrupt representatives we will remove them. If we have corrupt city-states we will remove them. If we have corrupt nations we will remove them. If we have corrupt mega-corporations, we will remove them.
This is the work of progress.
To move toward a more perfect union,
And too many have fought and bled and die, for this forward momentum, to be swept backward by the mad, and sad, and monumentally stupid.
There is a wonderful book out there (I listened to the audio book) called THE PSYCHOPATH TEST which I highly recommend, and explains a lot about the world outside our door, and points, intriguingly, to real world steps we can take to deal with it.
If our law enforcement is blemished by bad actors, we will institute psychopath tests to weed out unstable and caustic elements. The same with our Representatives, or judges or any in positions of public trust. And we extend this diligence to the citizens, you need to pass psychopath tests to own a weapon. The more weapons, the more tests.
We must take steps to limit the dying, stem the hate, halt the abuse of power
The introduction of commercial space travel– that opens up the possibility of space flight— to all. But it does more than that, it opens up the possibility on a greater perspective of who we are as individuals, and who we are as a species. A fragile organism on a ball of rock, spinning through the night. Perhaps all alone in the night, but all together in our journey.
Look up and look forward.