What NASA shutting down says about government
Published: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 02:10
One small political disagreement from man is one giant disappointment for mankind. NASA is being shut down mere months after the landing of the curiosity rover: one of their proudest achievements in years. While some may see curiosity as just a lump of metal, it serves as a reminder of what is possible when governments are strong.
While saying “I like my governments big” may not be the most popular sentiment, there are valid reasons for wanting one. NASA represented humanity pushing the boundaries of what it is capable of. Sending people to the final frontier and learning about the universe requires ambition, critical thinking and problem solving; attributes which represent some of humanity's best virtues.
I can see why people are angry at congress. Their spending habits, ability to work in groups, and general maturity resemble that of a 13 year old girl. They bring stagnation, greed and bitterness into government. However, these attributes don’t define government, they are just a result of current political incentives. When our country is unified, NASA can put a man on the moon. When it is divided, the government fails to function.
While you are mourning the loss of NASA today, take some time to mourn the loss of national unity which made NASA’s, and humanity’s achievements possible.