Dare Mighty Things


The origin of the phrase “Dare mighty things” dates back to a speech by Theodore Roosevelt in 1899. It’s a hidden (and not so hidden) message still used by Nasa when embarking on a new space mission.

Unfortunately, our space dreams are under much pressure from many skeptics. With only scientific reasons of why we need space exploration, it’s hard to explain how it can address fundamental questions about our existence. Humans are driven to explore the unknown, push the boundaries, and evolve towards new insights. It won’t only help us with new innovations, but also purposes a cultural and inspirational exploration and creates opportunities to address some of the global challenges society is facing today.

That’s why we keep spending large amounts of resources on our interstellar dreams. And skeptics might question those motives to keep doing so. Because we are still destroying our home planet, using more resources from the earth than it can provide, and ignore people suffering and dying in seemingly easy to avoid situations.

So is colonizing other planets an heroïc effort? Do we need to focus on fixing the problems on our home planet first? Well, it is because mankind is a difficult species to understand, that we still need to boldly go where no man has gone before. If we start to question our technological evolution, we need to question many things that make life interesting. Without art, we wouldn’t have creativity. Without economics, we might not desire efficiency. It’s obvious that we need to improve on making these accelerators more sustainable and more humane. We wouldn’t have this conversation otherwise. But it shouldn’t stop us from exploring those ideas.

Why does everything have to be a matter of pro or con? Why do we need to take sides and choose to support or fight it? Why can’t I be happy that we managed to fly a small helicopter on Mars, and in the meantime be sad about the stupidity and ignorance during this pandemic? I do questions how a submarine disappeared during an exercise. And I’m proud of the forgotten astronaut that helped put the first people on the moon.

So yes, it’s beyond my understanding why we do so little to provide the world with better health care, clean energy, and proper food distribution. And I don’t always understand why we make poor decisions when it comes down to help each other and our environment. But I guess that’s what makes us human. That’s what drives us to do better. I strongly believe we have to. Because that’s the only way to make sense of this all.

Image Credit: NASA

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