A Western Buddhist's Travels

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Teachers who Inspired me, Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong recently passed away, and the world is a smaller place with his leaving us. He was one of the first to cause many of us to dream that one day mankind might spread beyond our planet. I was 6 years old, and my parents had me up early that July morning to watch this historic event. Although the landing gave the dream of following in his footsteps to many of my generation, none have followed the Apollo astronauts, as the last landing occurred in 1972. Yet the ability to dream and accomplish things hereto consider impossible has not died. We have sent space craft out of our solar system, landed remote control vehicles on Mars, made the communicator from Star Trek which debuted only a few years earlier in 1966, a reality.

Canadians have been to space, as Canada has been an active partner with NASA, with the Canadarm, the most visible contribution. His footsteps along with those of the few who followed are there waiting, as a monument when man dreamed of being part of the universe, rather than inhabitants of earth. I have used the category other peoples footprints, to give credit for other authors posts, today I will use it in honor of the footprints Neil Armstrong and the rest of the Apollo astronauts left on the moon.

“That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”

As a Buddhist, I believe life exists on other planets, the science says that there are thousands of planets that can support carbon based life, which is the only type we are sure of. If we ever do discover life out there, it will not destroy the foundations of what the Buddha taught.


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2 thoughts on “Teachers who Inspired me, Neil Armstrong

  1. An inspiration indeed!

  2. Pingback: Daily Prompt: My Hero! « A Western Buddhist's Travels

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