November 20, 2012
Hitchhike To The Moon: Lamenting Sally Ride
You’re simply in the world if you think women belong in the kitchen.
Imperialism is in the genetic makeup of every human being with a brain and a natural urge to conquer and capitalize.
Such is the case, and has been for as long as we have walked this Earth. When first discovering fire, it became apparent to us all that whomsoever controlled this magical and startlingly hot element would be the talk of the cave-town for a while. And as the centuries continued to fly, our intelligence evolved with every bonfire.
That was then.
What didn’t advance so quickly amongst humanity was its realization that women were just as capable and ready to handle ALL, if not most of the duties that were required of the traditional bacon-bringing man of the house.
All it would take is time.
Indeed time did transpire in the wrinkles of our skin, and the bombshells that we left in the dirt on our conquest for our own personal handful of victory and peace. New technology began to shine through the cracks of our civilization: The combustible engine, the printing press, and HBO.
Computer technology began to illuminate through the beginning decades of the 20th century. The great boom of Hollywood Cinema and Broadway Theater highlighted new duties to men and women in socioeconomic society across North America, Europe, and Asia. The women’s suffrage movement, among other controversial civil rights events, showed us a new side of our brains that we failed to grasp. Call it ignorance, fear of respect or change.
I call it a tragedy.
Among one of the most imperialistic aspects of American society was The Great Space Race of the sixties. A international bout between The United State States and then-Soviet Russia for who could reach the moon first. We have looked back on our species with great admiration for motives behind some of the greatest inventions ever conducted. Why did the Wright Brothers invent the airplane? Why did Thomas Edison persist for so long and on so many versions on the light bulb before he found the version that worked for him?
The answers are astronomical.
Yet when we take a look into the motives behind the Space Race undertaking in American society, we understand that it was nothing more than an ego race for both countries to compete for petty glory.
What did we gain?
And even here, women continued to play crucial moments in our society. Too late to be the first human in space, Sally Ride aspired for something else.
Who was Sally Ride?
Well, only the first American Woman to go to space!!!
It’s not the first idea on everyone’s mind, but if reaching outter space was anything but an ego contest-we should take a moment to admire and remember Sally Ride. At a time in history when women were considered housewives and escorts, Sally felt the sting of those that wanted a bit more from their lives. In the 50’s, NASA was far from the social norm that American society had adopted for women.
How could they be?!?!?!?
These were the same men that were inventing the next planet traveling shuttles that would inspire an intire planet to remain vigilant to adversity! To continue to aspire and remember that no matter the cost, humanity was, is, and always will be capable of great things. Provided of course that we set our minds to the challenge.
From an article that you can read here, we get a full portrayal of Ride’s remarkable journey to the stars and back.
Amongst other great icons of her time, Sally Ride deserves a salute and commendation from the people of Earth for her remarkable bravery and persistence to completing her goals.
Sally Ride, we salute you!
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