View from the Edge
Peter Riva of Gila has offered his many years of columns for this online newspaper. His writings have been published in East Coast newspapers, and he decided to share them with the Beat and you, our readers.
In times of extreme duress and depravation—such as we've all experienced for almost two years now—you always need to look for the uplifting, the positive, and future healing. And, like my family, I am sure you know of horrors and stupidity of friends and acquaintances that pepper these past months. Those recent memories force the optimistic question: What is the benefit to come out of all this? Surely, there must be something to be thankful for, no?
This process of looking for past outcomes to improve your future reminds me of NASA and the oft posed question: What were the benefits of the race to the moon? Was it only Velcro? Answer (only a handful): CAT scans, new aluminum alloys, printed circuit boards, microchips, LCD screens, fleece, Gore-Tex… in fact every aspect of modern life relies on those inventions and developments in science incubated during the moon program.