November 13, 2014

Humans fired a probe from Earth onto a comet hurtling through space at unimaginable speed. Human beings did this:

The landing, first envisaged more than 20 years ago, marks the crowning moment of Rosetta’s decadelong cruise through the solar system to get up close and personal with a comet. During its 4 billion mile journey on a track to meet the comet, Rosetta bounced around the inner solar system like a cosmic billiard ball, circling the sun almost four times. ... Philae appears to have settled on its three legs in the center of the target zone, a relatively flat elliptical landing area about 550 yards in diameter, away from deep crevices, large boulders and sharp peaks.

Human beings did this! Pretty impressive! And how did humanity respond to this remarkable triumph of human engineering, of unprecedented exploration, of new greatness?

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Wait, what?


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I mean, really? Really? For the love of God, people. Put aside your petty PC identity politics squabbling for, like, two days and just celebrate. As a wise man, the true prophet of our age, once said, "We count these moments. These moments where we dared to aim higher. To break barriers. To reach for the stars. To make the unknown known. But we lost all that. Or perhaps we’ve just forgotten."

I don't think there's any perhaps about it.

Published under: The Politicized Life