Monday, July 20, 2009

Our Next Big Hope Moment

We were at out best. We made the world a promise and delivered. We lassoed the moon 40 years ago. 500 million people watched and celebrated. On July 20, 1969, we had our last big hope moment.

4 out of 5 people alive today were born after the moon landing. They, I mean we, have lived our whole lives without a big hope moment. Yes, we did get a good bump in the 1980s; we got to “tear down that wall” and yes, we do “believe in miracles.” But, neither the fall of communism nor the defeat of the Russian hockey team made half the population excited about the future. The 1990s, well, they were ok, but not great. From 2001-2007, we were very, very scared, then we were euphoric, and then the free money ran out.

Now, we are due. We need that moment that brings us all together and makes us believe in each other and in the next 10,000 tomorrows. This big hope moment won’t create itself. We need to call our shot, whether it involves education, technology, the environment. Frankly, I really don’t care what it is; I just want one billion people to get behind something positive and meaningful.

 “Oh boy!” That’s what Cronkite said when man landed on the moon. Aren’t you ready for an “oh boy” moment?



  1. Ready indeed, Shane. Ready indeed.