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A Sense of Belonging You and Me in Celebration
The world stopped to watch
Welcome to A Sense of Belonging You and Me in Celebration.
Forty-one years ago the world stopped to watch. Millions, no hundreds of millions of people flocked into buildings all over the world to see, on television screens a hazy figure, dressed not unlike a deep sea diver, clamber down a ladder to place a chunky, insulated boot upon the surface of the Moon. “Just one small step for a man – one giant step for Mankind.”
And the world celebrated. You and I identified with this man, for he was one of us- a human being.
Rescued from the lonely sea
In 1996, a very lonely man named Tony Bullimore was rescued from his upturned yacht by the crew of an Australian warship, HMAS Adelaide, in the Antarctic Ocean. We saw it on television. Millions watched from around the world as Tony, a flamboyant figure, embraced and kissed one of his rescuers. And the world celebrated. You and I indentified with this man, for he was one of us – a human being.
In the Winter of 1997 at Thredbo in Australia’s Snowy Mountains there was a landslide. Ski lodges were washed away and 18 people died. The search began and, after many hours a man was located, trapped beneath tons of rubble. It took 65 hours to rescue Stuart Diver. But he was rescued. And the world celebrated. You and I indentified with this man, for he was one of us – a human being.
These sorts of stories unite us
For some reason, it takes personal stories like this for us to acknowledge that we humans are all linked, we are all one big organism, one whole. And this one organism, this one whole is Humanity – Humankind.
We cannot live fully without one another. No person on this planet is truly detached and completely undependent – note I said, undependent, not independent, on others. There are people who kid themselves that they don’t need anyone else. Such don’t stop to consider that the food they eat, the clothes they wear, the homes they live in are the result of thousands of years of humankind finding out how to produce and present these things to them.
No man is an island. No one can truly say they stand alone
As the poet, John Donne said, “No man is an island.” No man or woman can truly say that they stand alone. As the famous Elizabethan poet said, so many years ago. “Ask not for whom the bell tolls, for it tolls for you.” And that meaning is clear. Everyone of us is affected by every other one on planet earth to greater or lesser extent. The welfare of one is the welfare of us all.
Celebrate your humaness
So celebrate you humanness. Celebrate it every day. For we are now so many and there really is so much to celebrate. Forty years-one ago, Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 crew did more than just land on the Moon. They brought humankind into a unity that hadn’t been seen before that date- and maybe be since. They indicated what could be for us, a tremendous destiny. A race which can, and probably will, inhabit the space around earth as we – reach for the stars...
I hope you enjoyed A Sense of Belonging You and Me in Celebration. The world stopped to watch Neil Armstrong. It will stop to watch other great human achievements in the future. In those moment there is great unity - the sort of unity which, if we had a perfect world - would be ever with us. Maybe...maybe one day...it will be this way.
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