Space: what love’s got to do with it
by Vanna Bonta
|The success of SpaceShipOne was Justice Day for dreamers and pioneers past, present and future.|
Love consults itself; it is synonymous with duty and with dreams, whether solo or shared, whether flying IFR or with visible horizon. It is synonymous with loyalty, its opposite is betrayal. It is synonymous with life, both physiologic and metaphoric. If you want to kill someone, take away his or her dreams.
Only Love reaches apices of human achievement. Only Love conceives something worthy enough to stand greater than individual accomplishment. Only Love seeks wherewithal to give instead of giving for pay. Love, seeking all resource, laboriously sees the ethereal through to nuts and bolts (or nitrous oxide and rubber) hard reality.
As kind, tender, generous, and true as Love is, it is as equally fierce, strong, frugal and ruthless. Love is what engages and transcends mundane limits toward accomplishment. What else would suffer through the per ardua for the (sometimes only glimmering) ad astra? (redundancy intended).
The success of SpaceShipOne was Justice Day for dreamers and pioneers past, present and future. Pilots and all, powered by passion, brought every one of us with them in that beeline—rolls, chugs, and all—to the sweet smack right on the kisser of space’s edge. We saw Earth’s breath.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a genius who created with the sheer simplicity that cannot be faked, said, “Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.”
Pioneers of industry, of science, of art do what they must. Add money and rocket fuel, and the stars are not the limit.
Vast sectors of new industry yawn to be conquered. The impossible begins an idea, from love, ex nihilo—out of nothing. This quintessential power intrinsic to humankind is why the word “impossible” is not a scientific term.
Flight is an icon that embodies humankind’s best. Its wings unfurl toward infinite pinnacle. And Love is the most precious payload we will be sending out to Space.