Listening to: "Nuthin' On My Mind" performed by S
Most folks here weren't around on November 22, 1963. It was a dark day for those who preferred peace to war, prosperity to poverty, freedom to slavery. I could spout off a lot of conspiracy theory stuff- I want to avoid that. John F. Kennedy left a legacy which is being threatened by budget cuts- and since we reached the moon, we have yet to achieve the goal of reaching the stars, let alone any of our nearer neighbors like Mars.
In all honesty I can think of several words to describe the lack of ambition to propel us forward and push us out of the nest that is our homeworld: Apathy, control, divisiveness, greed...most people probably don't want to go to the stars. I would love to go. The issue though is for humanity to let go of its baggage- our self-destructive nature apparently is getting the better of us, so it is fitting that alien races choose not to contact us because we lack the maturity to engage them in a thoughtful and positive manner. JFK encouraged a nation to move forward and land a man on the moon before the end of the 60s. We did it inside of seven years. Think of what HUMANITY can do with the resources, talent and drive when we focus on one goal- leaving the nest that is Earth and head for the stars. He outlined the path, the choices we as a nation had to make- we just had to work on it, not because it was easy, but because it was a hard and challenging thing to do.
I can only imagine what would happen when humanity as a whole would drop their weapons and their suspicions. Trust and respect is earned. What would happen when people begin to share not just ideas, but their bread. Humanity isn't just a species, it is a brother- and sisterhood composed of diverse people who forgot to be human and instead shed the skin that is their compassion, empathy and spirit. We as humans need to evolve and grow and put our emotions back into the mix that is the human spirit. If we refuse to do so, we do so to our own peril. And then JFK's legacy would have been for nought.
I'd like to believe he had not just a vision to reach the moon, he wanted humanity to reach the stars; to foster peace in the universe and avoid the idea of conquering space just so we can have more resources and breathing space- he would want us to explore space- not just from the earth, but to actually travel there- to every other place yet to be visited by the people of earth. I just hope the legacy was not a vain hope for a man who had a dream to place man above the confines of his homeworld...