A Timeless 1968 Christmas Eve Message of Hope from the Moon

Posted: December 24, 2010 in Conscious Didacticism, Motivations, Uncategorized

On Christmas Eve of 1968, Apollo 8 was the first manned spacecraft to ever orbit the moon. James Lovell of Apollo 13 fame, was the command module pilot for the mission. Apollo 8 was also famous for bringing us the ubiquitous image of the earth as a blue and white shimmering sphere, a celestial jewel seemingly alone in the vastness of space. It was the first time we ever were able to look at our planet in that way.  As Apollo 8 orbited the moon, it came to the sunlit part of the lunar surface. The crew of Apollo 8 then sent a greeting to earth, and spontaneously took turns reading a portion of the biblical creation story from the Book of Genesis. It was an awe-inspiring moment. Remember, at that time, man had never ventured so far out into space. It is breathtaking to embrace that realization.

Imagine yourself, in 1968, never having been exposed to the Internet, or today’s widely available computer technology… Imagine what it was like for an audience with access to only three television networks all tuned in to this broadcast. The grainy black and white video image is primitive by today’s standards, yet it bears a certain mystique representative of an era, where thousands of engineers and scientists pushed their available technological capabilities to the very limit. It’s amazing to consider that an inexpensive flash memory stick with 1 billion bytes of memory – has more than 125,000 times the memory that was available on the lunar module’s guidance computer, a piece of technology that was considered a huge leap for that time.

I remember watching this live broadcast as a seven year old boy, being raised in an impoverished housing project by a single mom, captivated by the idea that we could leave this planet and reach for other worlds. An old 12 inch, black and white, Admiral TV set was my window to the realm of possibility. The lunar space program was the inspiration that always stayed with me… an inspiration that spoke to that kid more than 40 years ago stating: Anything is achievable. Nothing is impossible.

Because of the mind set I adopted from watching the lunar program, and a very courageous mother who would not allow me to give up, I was able to break that cycle of poverty. That era was something very special. It also represented a fascinating dichotomy in what was occuring in our nation and the world at that time.

Keep in mind, 1968 was a year of great turbulence… Our national psyche had been severely traumatized. First, the Tet Offensive took the Vietnam War from bad to worse; then the assasinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy; unrelenting riots in the streets culminating with the infamous uprisings in Chicago during the the Democratic National Convention – there were many who even doubted that our nation could remain united and viable. Ironically, all this served as the backdrop for a space program that was elevating mankind towards the exploration of new worlds – a collective striving to achieve what poets and philosophers had only dreamt of since the dawn of our existence. Less than eight months after Apollo 8 orbited the moon for the first time on that Christmas Eve of 1968, Neil Armstrong forever placed the footprints of humanity on the lunar surface.

In consideration of all we confront today, we have to keep in mind that despite all the seeming darkness that had enveloped an era a generation ago, we still managed as a people to not lose sight of who we were… what we’re made of… what is possible. And as spiritual beings having a human experience there were and are no limits to what we can achieve, even in the face of the most daunting circumstances. 2010 with all its issues, has nothing on 1968! We will overcome and triumph over all the challenges we face today.

And something greater than me, inside of me – believes and even knows that despite all we confront in this generation, we can and will find that drive again, dream again and this time create a world worthy of all children. It’s Christmas Eve, 2010. Let’s decide to birth the miracle and magic of the divine child within us, and make love manifest – as the gift that can truly save this planet, making all dreams possible.

I wish you the most blessed and wonderful Christmas of your life thus far.

To quote the closing words of the Apollo 8 broadcast from the moon:
“God bless all of you… all of you on the good earth.”

© – David Christopher Loya – Bojorquez
http://www.imdb.me/consciousfilmmaker

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