Brain Food #467

Choosing to do the things that are hard

Last Saturday, the postponed SpaceX and NASA mission finally took place, and launched American astronauts to space for the first time in nearly a decade. In the present suffocation of our own existence on our planet, remembering that there is an entire universe out there that we are still shyly beginning to explore reminds us of the possibilities that arise out of the limitations of living.

On September 12, 1962, J.F.Kennedy gave a speech to an audience of 40,000 regarding the space race, the launch of the Apollo programme, but also referring to man’s right to freedom, and to be able to choose one’s destiny, something that remains unequally distributed nearly 60 years later:

“We choose to go to the Moon! We choose to go to the Moon... We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win, and the others, too.”

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