`All things die, it’s a depressing way to begin something I know but hear me out. The fact that things die is true of people individually , and what is also true is that we all want to do something great. Every person wants a legacy, to be remembered for something that will echo in the halls of heroism through the ages.
This is true for our race as a whole as well. Humans want to survive but when that fails (and it will eventually) humans hope that we as a people have left a positive impact on the universe. We started as hairy people in a cave and now we have cured disease and cultivated art, fed people that were hungry and killed monsters in uniform working to commit ultimate evil. One of the things I am most proud of is that we have explored the universe and also broadened our understanding of it.
What will be our legacy as we slowly head towards oblivion? I think it rests in the stars and beyond. I wait for the glorious day that we as a species break free of our earthly confines.
From the time we have crawled from the primordial ooze we have been explorers. We were cavemen that come out of the cave. We built ships and crossed an ocean. Then we constructed wagons and went over the mountains, then built submarines and looked at the bottom of the sea. And almost 50 years ago we landed a man on the moon. We broke free of our earthly shackles and with outstretched fingers, we touched the face of God.
Recently, a probe called Voyager 2 will cross into interstellar space. Take a moment to think on the magnitude of that. We will have sent yet another object out of our solar system and into the unknown. I think that when it comes to space exploration we can’t help but feel hopeful. Images about the best of humanity and whet makes us great as a species swim inside of us as we stand and contemplate our role in this swirling chaos.
On each Voyager space probe is a gold plated disk made in the 1970’s. The disk was made in the event that the probe is ever found by another intelligent species. On this disk according to wikipedia is a collection of 116 images and a variety of natural sounds like the waves crashing on the beach, as well as the sounds of whales and birds. It also has spoken greetings in 55 languages, pictures of people and animals as well as copies of mathematical equations.
My favorite is a collection of music. I learned this from the West Wing of all places and the story made me proud to be alive in this time. I’m including a link to a video here for the story.
How can you not be filled with hope and purpose after that. We are remarkable creatures and sometimes we get bogged down in the minutiae of the world and forget how amazing we are as humankind. But we have done better in the past and we can do better in the future. Let us leave a legacy we can be proud of and fill our children with a sense of hope and wonder. It is a better thing to do than just sit around and wait for the end, because like it or not it is coming.
Richard is the other half of the bromance team and is the self confessed geek of the duo. Whether it is pontificating on the merits of Star Wars or going on a rant about why Batman is so much better than Superman he loves to flex that muscle. With Shawn he takes to the mic and hopes that he isn’t awkward enough for you to stop listening.
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Together Richard and Shawn formed the podcast The Language of Bromance and from there it has been nothing but fun. The duo laugh about things they go through, stories in the news and even getting serious discussing net neutrality along with other issues. Every so often their friendship turns to a bitter rivalry with their nerdiest creation the draft episodes. An original take on a best of or a top 10 list. The draft episodes are done like an NFL Draft 7 rounds where Richard and Shawn flip-flop picks on various topics.
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