On CBS news they showed the amazing footage of yesterday's FIRST EVER in-space shuttle repair. The last word on the story was not, as it should be, "Wow this is totally amazing. People are floating around out in space. And they're under the belly of the shuttle like they're tuning up the car in the garage. Ingenuity. And shit." No. They blew straight past the "giant leap for mankind" part and went to playing the national pride card.
Are you even serious? This is a quote dude:
"With many people watching that repair live, it also probably helped to repair NASA's image. A reminder that for all of NASA's stumbles, nobody does space like America."
~Mark Strassmann, CBS News
Does space? What kind of asshole thing is that to say?
God forbid we put together some unifying thought like people in space: the only species on the planet to leave it. Can't make it sound for one minute like the proverbial "we" accomplished something. So then, then they point to all those people watching that amazingly clear footage back at NASA and (pretty much) around the world saying the most important thing that footage does is tell everyone we "did it" best.
Dude. Think about it. Instead of us stupid humans sitting around bickering amongst ourselves, instead of helping those of OUR SPECIES on this planet, instead of expanding our knowledge and seeing where it takes us... we're spending all our money on gold toilet seats. And if we're not spending money on gold toilet seats, we're watching other people do it on tv and envying their pampered asscheeks. We're telling people who they should marry. We're invading other countries with "little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action," and, as a country, completely ignoring this document that tells us so. Think about it.
Somehow, we won the gene pool on grey matter night for some reason. We sure don't use it. The reason the spacewalk is so amazing to me is what a whole bunch of people had to do together to get them there. We have this useful ability to study everything around us. And to be successful, we had to know everything from the properties of space, to human survival there, and develop every single piece of material making up the space shuttle, suits, and the cameras beaming it all back to us.
Imagine if churches and other charitable organizations were able to really use funding to help accomplish a mission instead of forming action groups and hiring lawyers to fight each other. We could band together to boot “healthcare” out the window and study to cure disease instead of making money treating it. We'd be feeding people and building up societies so everyone could live better lives. But we're all so damn afraid of each other. So instead, we keep each other down, or worse, attack. And what's REALLY stupid is we're afraid to admit we are all the same in these fears.
Don't even get me started on the environment and global warming, either. We have the tools to discover clean energy, but why invest in something new when we know oil makes money? Hell, let's drill right here in some national parks! Let's just keep denying these problems exist for as long as we can! That makes perfect sense!
Like everything that pisses me off this much, it just seems so... illogical to me, ya know? If we all just spread it around - money, knowledge, love - even just a little bit... even for a short time…
Think of what it could do.
Maybe then our explorers will ride beamers instead of those hatchbacks from the 70's.