I’ve been reading a lot of blogs and comments lately about the Chinese probe and rover landing on the moon. Much of the rhetoric is extremely supportive, congratulating China for a tremendous achievement. We should all recognize it for what it is – not just an accomplishment for the Chinese, but an accomplishment by us all.
I watched Apollo 11 lift off the pad back in 1969. At the time, it actually occurred to me that there should be a flag symbolizing humankind next to the U.S. flag on the side of that Saturn 5 rocket. I wanted to see a symbol that said, “Hey! This rocket isn’t just from the United States – it’s from the whole human race!”
I’ve thought about this often over the years and decided that it would take more than a few email suggestions from me to make that Human Race Flag happen.
Who’s going to design and approve the Human Race Flag? And after all this time, who would be the first to put this emblem on their rocket? Would the Chinese fly the Human Race Flag if it was designed in the United States? Or would we use their design? No.
I’m thinking it’s going to take a threat to our collective race, like an impacting meteorite or an invasion from outer space, to get us to drop our borders and work together. Just like in the movie Independence Day. Until then, I guess we’ll have to wait until we collectively join the United Federation of Planets and dispense with our homegrown flags all together.