It is finished. No more fighting, I don’t mean no more competition. Competition is good, great. Challenges are great. Struggle, opposition and hard work all great! Even anger can be a great motivator. Anger at our self, or some other external problem. The problem with fighting is the mean part, the dishonest part, the part that “makes” people sell their soul. The part that allows us to cheat or lie. Imagine a society that looks down on fighting and arguing in the mean and nasty sense.
The Vince Lombardy “Winning isn’t everything, its the only thing” attitude is our problem. And how do we define winning? Cash, power, new toys, when the other person cries. Going to the moon was so much better. We had a goal, we were going to make our goal and we would lose no lives. Yes we lost a few astronauts, but we would succeed, it gave us a mission. Sure we wanted to beat the Russians, but that was more for fun and bragging rights than out of a desire to be mean and nasty or prove them wrong. Were there some folks spying and cheating? Selling our government $4 dollar screwdrivers for $4,000? Of course, but the general mood and tone of the people was, “We are going to do this!”. Not by attacking the other guy or by cheating, but by working together, using our brains and brawn.
We don’t need a war to rise to our greatest potential. We need to work together for a lofty goal that inspires us. Maybe its why people built the Vatican and all the Mega churches in the US. Personally I doubt God is impressed or flattered. I am pretty sure God’s preference would be that we help feed the hungry, provide care the sick and help the frail and vulnerable to grow strong and then help others too. The thing is big goals motivate people and leaders like motivated people. Big churches require big artists, designers, big lists that require big money and the local contractors that collect said money. Not too pick on churches, government and business do the same.
Its the big idea that counts, freedom, clean water, air, food, health, family, education. I put “Freedom” first because that is how we are trained in America, but the truth is without the rest freedom is not all its cracked up to be. Its the whole package we need to be excited about. In fact the problem is that its too easy for too many of us, we already have it. What makes it a lofty goal is creating it for everyone. Without war or the mean, nasty, paranoid stuff. Just the hard work and teamwork and innovation part.
When I was teaching at a engineering university I asked the students why we could go to the moon but not solve the clean water and health issue of most of the world. Their main answer was because there was no money in it. Like there was money on the moon. They said the money came from the innovation that was discovered while going to the moon. It isn’t just possible that solving the problems here might require a few innovations that could be worth something someday?
When cooperation is held up as more beautiful than bling and flash, whether it’s a tower in New York, or a thick gold chain on Rodeo Drive that is when we will have freedom with a capital F