Quote of the week

Forty-five years ago, there seemed to be no limits:

I watched with my grandmother’s second husband, a tall, thin, spare man born in 1900. He’d seen air travel when it meant doped canvas and spruce wood and gasoline engines that may or may not continue running and now he was sitting and watching a man land on the moon. When we heard “The Eagle has landed” that old man clapped me on the back and said that he envied me and what I was going to see, and that he wished he was going to be alive to know … what? … what would we discover … what wonderful things would we learn?

We never contemplated that the future doesn’t always bring progress. That knowledge is power and that power corrupts and that the glory of Rome was followed by the Dark Ages and the Library of Alexandria was burned by ignorant barbarians who, barbarians they may have been but they were victorious barbarians and if you can’t create then you destroy and loot the creation of others.

But boys and girls let me tell you one thing … it was a glorious day, back in ’69. Right there on live TV, out in public where the whole world could see.

Oh look, the Kardashians are on.

And that’s the way it is, Sunday, July 20th, two thousand fourteen. How far we have fallen.


  1. McGehee »

    20 July 2014 · 9:43 pm

    It’s just as well. If we’d gone back we would have herded all the Moon People onto reservations and strip-mined and clear-cut the place and fished out every last mare.

  2. Roger Green »

    21 July 2014 · 5:24 am

    Buzz Aldrin hit some moon landing denier in the face who was harassing him. Not only do we not have the capacity to go to the moon (or the ISS without Russia’s help), we have people who don’t believe the event eve took place.)

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