The recent events of the Unisted States 2016 Election have been fairly tumultuous. Once again the electoral college and the popular vote are split. It has been a difficult campaign with many people taking umbrage to comments by the “other” party. As the results came out the divide has continued. People are exercising their First Amendment rights of gathering to protest. Other people are simply secluding themselves. People are being disrespectful to others. People are basically not being nice. As I lay awake thinking, I thought about the late 1960’s, 1968 Solstice Holiday to be specific. Apollo 8 was carrying humans around to the far side of the Moon for the first time. Some people say that Apollo 8 saved 1968.

The NASA website also agrees that 1968 was fairly tumultuous:

“Christmas Eve, 1968. As one of the most turbulent, tragic years in American history drew to a close, millions around the world were watching and listening as the Apollo 8 astronauts – Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders – became the first humans to orbit another world. As their command module floated above the lunar surface, the astronauts beamed back images of the moon and Earth and took turns reading from the book of Genesis, closing with a wish for everyone ‘on the good Earth.'”

Below is the audio from the reading.

Frank Borman, “And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you – all of you on the good Earth.”

Good luck and good night to all of us on the good Earth.

The Benevolent Misanthrope

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