April 19, 2013

What can communities, agencies and the  governement- all   who are  fighting homeless learn from the Moon?

It was May 25th 1961 and President Kennedy, in a special address to congress on the importance of space announced the goal that before the decade is out , the nation should commit itself to landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to earth.

What an bold statement!  He states” We go into space because whatever mankind must undertake, free men must fully share” Lesson 1. Everyone deserves the right to safe and secure housing- as a free people we must fully share.
He goes on to acknowledge; “But in a very real sense, it will not be one man going to the moon-if we make this judgement affirmatively, it will be an entire nation. FOR ALL OF US MUST WORK TO PUT HIM THERE.”Lesson 2: A small group of individuals cannot achieve something so monumental- it will take all of us working together.Toward the end of his speech, President Kennedy said” This decision demands a major national commitment of scientific and technical manpower, material and facilities, and the possibility of their diversion from other important activities where they are already thinly spread. It means a degree of dedication, organization and discipline which have not always characterized our research and development efforts” Lesson 3: If it is important enough to do, it is important enough to do right with all the resources needed. Lesson 4: The President set the goal and stated it boldly for all the world to see.

I can’t believe that if we can put a man on the moon and return him safely- we can’t end homelessness.

 

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