We Stopped Dreaming (by lhite)

Neil deGrasse Tyson killed it on last Friday’s Bill Maher talking about the defunding of the space program:

“First of all, let’s clarify what the NASA budget is. Do you realize that the $850 billion dollar bailout, that sum of money is greater than the entire 50-year running budget of NASA?

And so when someone says, “We don’t have enough money for this space probe,” I’m asking, no, it’s not that you don’t have enough money, it’s that the distribution of money that you’re spending is warped in some way that you are removing the only thing that gives people something to dream about tomorrow.

You remember the 60s and 70s. You didn’t have to go more than a week before there’s an article in Life magazine, “The Home of Tomorrow,” “The City of Tomorrow,” “Transportation of Tomorrow”. All of that ended in the 1970s. After we stopped going to the Moon, it all ended. We stopped dreaming.

And so I worry that the decision that Congress makes doesn’t factor in the consequences of those decisions on tomorrow. Tomorrow’s gone. They’re playing for the quarterly report, they’re playing for the next election cycle, and that is mortgaging the actual future of this nation, and the rest of the world is going to pass us by.”

To plan for the future, we not only have to envision it, but we have to at least make attempts — even if they fail — to achieve it.  We don’t anymore.

That’s where you’re wrong.  De-prioritizing education and the arts, encouraging and facilitating corporate greed, ensuring that the rich get richer at any cost, engaging in ill-advised and costly wars, holding the nation’s economy hostage in order to force an idealogical agenda… that IS planning for the future.  It’s just not the future you or I want.