Neil Armstrong has passed away, the first known human to set foot on the Moon.
Let's just take a second to appreciate the extraordinary effort it took to send a trio of humans almost a quarter million miles into space, have a person walk on the (unknown composition) lunar surface, and return them safe and sound to Earth.
With 1960's technology.
In the middle of the Vietnam War.
So why did we stop? Been there, done that? Checked it off our humanity bucket list and moved on?
It was probably the last time humanity was united on anything.
It was a tremendous achievement, and one we should be proud of. So why aren't we doing more Great Things?
Oh, yeah, we'd rather kill each other and fight amongst ourselves.
In our own country, we savagely argue over which group of disaffected rich people will work for our destruction over the next few years. Instead of enacting public funding for elections, we allow monied interests to bribe their way in the lawmaking process, and all but a handful of us suffer as a result.
A great many people in this country profess to using the Bible as a guideline for life. Here's a quote all of us should start living by:
And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
Our greatest President, Abraham Lincoln, used this idea in an address given in 1858, in Springfield, Illinois, upon accepting his party nomination as that state's United States senator. This became one of the best-known speeches of his career (one that included the magnificent Gettysburg Address and his inaugural addresses).
But he lost that election. Didn't stop him, though, because he had a country to save, one that he felt so important that it was worth a bloody (un)civil war against itself to keep whole.
And now look at us. Instead of building a great nation and bettering life for its citizens (and all the people of the world), we waste our resources and moral outrage to needlessly butcher people (including many innocents) and blow up piles of sand in places few Americans can even find on a map.
What the Hell is wrong with us? Do we no longer deserve to last?
If we remain divided, we will not survive. Pretty pathetic ending for a people that managed to get to the Moon and back.