On July 20, 1969, a manned spacecraft landed on our moon for the first time.
Several hours later, Neil Armstrong was the first man to step on the moon, quickly followed by fellow astronaut, Buzz Aldrin. What did they think looking at the earth, with their feet firmly planted on another heavenly body? Men had been in space for a decade, but this is the first time they were not inside a spacecraft or tethered to one looking back at their home.
Did they think about the fact that man didn’t even have powered air flight 64 years earlier? Were they awed that 90 years earlier, it took someone traveling by train the same time to go from New York City to San Francisco as they just took to travel to the moon – 3 days? A hundred years earlier it took weeks and months to travel that distance.
When they looked at the earth, did they see many separate countries with thousands of individual towns, or did they see something bigger than the whole? It was prophetic that Armstrong’s words when stepping onto the surface of the moon for the first time were, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” His simple declaration encompassed all of humanity.
Much has happened in the fifty years since man landed on the moon. You have more computing power in your smartphone than all of NASA packed into its control room and the two spacecraft that took men to the moon and back. Advances in technology have made the world a smaller place with two or more people able to have conversations or conduct a transaction halfway across the globe as if they were neighbors. Everything from commerce to education to entertainment is accessible from all over the world with no more effort than doing a Google search. The astronauts had the advantage to look at the earth from 238,900 miles away. They saw a beautiful planet without any lines marking anyone’s boundaries or territories. Today’s world is slowly transforming into that vision. While national pride is still alive and well among people, it does not overshadow the concept that we also identify with something greater. We still have vital connections to our family, community, and country, but people are becoming aware that we have a deep connection to all humanity and planet Earth as something that we must cherish and nourish.
What does that mean for the future?
The future is still a blank canvas with the potential for a rich painting to come alive. Technology makes exponential progress every day. The next generation of space travel is at the dawn of its leap into the unknown. Strides in understanding how humans connect occur all the time through science and looking back into our ancient past. The combination leads to discoveries to unlock the power of our minds and the ability to transcend time and space. It isn’t science fiction! In the not too distant future, we are going to be a “Space-Traveling-Species (STS)” or “Space- Bees.” The young men and women of today who are being inspired by world events and technology will be the key to the future, just as our last generation of pioneers had the moon landing to launch them to where we are today.
There are barriers to how far we can go, though. The BoDE Foundation is taking steps to overcome these obstacles. One of the biggest is that humans need economic freedom to explore space and our planet. The BoDE Foundation works with individuals and companies to achieve such economic freedom and enabling others to use their time and resources to make a positive contribution to their communities and the world at large.
The BoDE Foundation will also be implementing a Space-Bees Competition to encourage the next generation of innovators and leaders to become that Space-Traveling-Species the world will desperately need. The next generation needs to get excited about the future and what they can do for humanity. Then that “giant leap for mankind” will become even more meaningful.