No one told us it was going to be easy, as we entered this world, against our will.
We cried, we wept, we grew, we gained experience and we matured amongst other things we felt.
Later we realized that life wasn’t bed of roses, but there never is a rose without thorns.
Life isn’t easy, it’s quite hard, but we mustn’t give up hope, and we must continue to grow, to experience, to mature. That’s something we’ll never stop doing.
A very sage person once said:
“We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new rights to be won, and they must be won and used for the progress of all people. For space science, like nuclear science and all technology, has no conscience of its own. Whether it will become a force for good or ill depends on man, and only if the United States occupies a position of pre-eminence can we help decide whether this new ocean will be a sea of peace or a new terrifying theater of war. I do not say that we should or will go unprotected against the hostile misuse of space any more than we go unprotected against the hostile use of land or sea, but I do say that space can be explored and mastered without feeding the fires of war, without repeating the mistakes that man has made in extending his writ around this globe of ours.
There is no strife, no prejudice, no national conflict in outer space as yet. Its hazards are hostile to us all. Its conquest deserves the best of all mankind, and its opportunity for peaceful cooperation may never come again. But why, some say, the Moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask, why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? …
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 …”
This speech is of course the famous “Moon” speech of John F. Kennedy.
Imagine that we had just flew the Atlantic 35 years earlier at that point, but mankind went to the Moon. As with all obstacles in life, they can be passed, and we must not give up.
There’s always hope, even if we sometimes can’t see it, and even though the darkness looks overwhelming…