We are made of star stuff, time for another window into my head. For most of you, you'll sit at your computer and at most you'll stop to think about how the data reaches it, but did it ever occur to you that all of that sitting at your desk exists because we as a species figured out how to take what basically amounts to motes of dust and bend them to our will? When we began, we thought that a mere eclipse of the sun was Armageddon itself, look at us now.
Within the past century we have piloted spacecraft outside of our solar system! This machine that sits at my desk, we have gone from mechanical to solid state. Machines capable of processing data faster than our ancestors would ever have imagined, and they have no moving parts. We can make gold like the Alchemists once dreamed, we have that kind of technology. When I look at this machine at my desk I am not only able to connect with those tens of thousands of miles away, I am inspired by what we as a species have created. And I am also sorely disappointed.
Our potential is so great, but in arriving at this point we have lost so much of what once brought us here. Why haven't we landed on the moon again in recent years? Why has there not been a manned mission to Mars? When we stood on the moon, we didn't simply stand there as the U.S. and I believe Neil Armstrong would agree with me were he still around today, we stood there as a species, a major milestone, an apex of achievement at which the entire world stopped.
Today when the human race walks on the surface of another planet even farther outside our solar system, that achievement will be overshadowed by Vogue, and People magazines. I loathe these publications, they serve no purpose but to divide and produce a schism amongst ourselves.
Our science is on the verge of so much, and for following it I have often received labels pertaining to disdain, I'll leave it at that, if I welcomed you to my nightmares you would surely go insane. Why is it that we fight amongst ourselves so? Why must political disagreements that simply do not matter overshadow immortality? I'm not talking immortalized in history mind you, I'm talking you; flesh, blood, and bone, living forever.
Now let me put it in terms that you can understand. I have no intention of dying on this planet, or even this solar system. Perhaps we are as far from that as Eratosthenes was from finding and seeing Andromeda, when he was able to deduce not just that the Earth was round, but also calculate its circumference simply by measuring the shadows on the ground.
Perhaps my vision is impossible in my age, but accepting that would be to admit defeat, and so despite what anyone may think or consider, be it heretic, nerd, visionary, or psycho, I have this to say when it comes to our discoveries as a species and discovering the unknown. "Once more into the breach."