With the goal of finishing my incomplete thoughts from this past week, I'm writing the night away.
Part I: The Art of Manliness
Part II: Economics and Teaching
Part III: Spring Break Recap
Let's just go over what I wanted to do over break and tell the story that way.
- Spend time with Friends and Family
We found Mike's old Simpsons VHS tapes!
- Visit the site of the Battle of Gettysburg at sunrise
This was the Union perspective on July 3, 1863 as Pickett's Charge advanced from the treeline
- Try writing a “This, I Believe”
- Talk to my awesome high school physics teacher
- Catch up on my Electricity & Magnetism and Ethical Theory classes
- Read Crime & Punishment
- Make a Charlie Chaplin movie outline for the rest of the semester
- Visit the American Museum of Natural History
He's upset that America isn't at the forefront of technology anymore. So he did some research and concluded that expensive endeavors are almost always justified by either war, promises of wealth, or worship (Glory, Gold, and God, in imperialist terms). Worship is unlikely and war is bad, so he tackles wealth and prosperity.
Tyson asserts that the economic and scientific success America has had since the 60s is because of the culture of innovation that space exploration inspired. Also, that we've been coasting on that for a while without new propulsion, and that's why today we're being passed. So, he thinks we should increase NASA's budget (which he'll never forget to remind you is a mere four-tenths of a penny out of your tax dollar) in order to recreate the scientific climate which changed our lives for the better in the past few decades.
Sounds good to me. What to do about it, though? Advocate for this. Vote for people who believe this. Write letters to newspapers and congressmen. Do something!