Practicing from the Heart in the age of Technology - All articles and poems are by Reza Ghadimi, unless otherwise noted.
I was glued to the round black and white TV screen in the 1960s when Allen Shepard - in a space suit - blasted off on his 5-minute trip to space on a Redstone rocket. That trip took years of training and preparation by Shepard, and millions of dollars of the national budget. On December 8th, 2021, Shepard's daughter, Laura Shepard Churchley made the same trip with five others with literally no training and minimal preparation in the airline type cabin of the Blue Origin.
In medicine, too, our advances have been phenomenal. When Dr. Salk developed the polio vaccine, it took him more than ten years of research and development. In contrast, the first vaccine for Covid-19 was ready to use in about a year. We have come a long way in the past few years of human history and moving ever faster into the future.
Despite the many scientific advances, our world is deteriorating into chaos and mayhem. Wars around the world, along with out-of-control crime, are pushing societies to the brink of collapse. The next century will propel mankind into a future unimaginable by many. Whether it will be toward a true utopia of possibilities or the chaos of dystopian nightmares is up to us. Guiding civilization in the right path is a task of our politicians, civil leaders, and all mankind. It is time for the younger generation to step up and take control. Let’s stop funding wars and bolster humanity instead!