The story goes that an American once sent a message to NASA: “Thank you Apollo 8. You saved 1968.”
1968 was a bad year. There was the assassination of Martin Luther King. And Robert Kennedy. There was the Vietnam War overseas and riots at home.
But, when Apollo 8 became the first spacecraft to successfully orbit the moon, millions of Americans and people from around the world watched in awe and wonder to bring a happy ending to an otherwise, very sad year.
Well, 2017 is shaping up to be a tough year as well. Political divides are deep. Racial tensions are high. Global relationships are strained. Nuclear war is a real threat. So is environmental devastation. Misogyny is prevalent, and LGBTQ rights are in peril.
But, for 90 minutes, on August 21st, 2017, millions of Americans and our friends from around the globe joined peacefully across the U.S. at events that started in the blue state of Oregon, and ended in the red state of South Carolina. From big cities to small towns.
It didn’t matter the color of your skin, or your country of origin.
It didn’t matter if you were young or old, rich or poor.
It didn’t matter what your political views are or your sexual orientation.
And during this time, instead of everyone looking down at their phones, they were looking up to the sky.
We were simply just humanity brought together by a truly ‘cosmic connection.’
Thank you Mother Nature. You saved 2017.
How about you? Were you able to participate in the eclipse? Did you see totality?