(This is a fully off topic post. Please feel free to ignore it. I am writing this for my own personal satisfaction because it is an issue that is a mild irritant to me personally)
At the bottom of this post is a rather excellent short video debunking the moon-landing debunkers. I know a couple of these guys and one is even a friend. But this issue I think is bigger than just what happened in 1969 or if the US lied to us and even the interesting and debatable reasons given by the film maker as to why he thinks people try and discredit the landing.
The reason I find the story important is because in 1969 the USA (with Nixon as president at the time just BTW) gave the world something of a magic moment. Possibly the most unifying event in the history of all mankind and very likely the only unifying event.
The entire world watched as the US placed living men on the moon itself. Something which was widely held to be a total and permanent impossibility by the general public a few years earlier than that and by many pundits and scientists as well.
Grown men wept at the site and again when the men who walked on the moon came home and received parades. Grown men including large Irish NYC cops if P.J. O’Rourque is to be believed.
This was a moment when the entire world felt as one people thanks to the extra planetary perspective the US gave us all, and then magnanimously claimed it was a global achievement. A truth only in as much as in order to accomplish something this massive you need a thousand unskilled uneducated people sewing jeans in Pakistan for every paper pusher in NASA. Probably closer to 100,000 truth be estimated. But a global accomplishment nonetheless.
My guess as to why people need to believe that the moon landing was faked also slightly differs from the film makers below. I think its because people who feel no sense of personal power in life often resort to conspiracy theories, and this often includes irrational antisemitism as well as anti-Israel views (where those views are applied uniquely to Israel) in order to gain a sense of personal importance. ‘I know something you do not and if you do not listen to me it is because they are paying you off or you are brainwashed etc’. (Yes this can be said also of the counter jihad and ‘Islamophobia’. However the body of evidence speaks for itself in that case)
But I resent this meme because I think those that propagate it are attempting to rob humanity of what was truly its finest moment. This was a fever that gripped the entire world and somehow we have allowed the fever of post modern cynicism to delete that from the collective memory. It was what every school child spoke about for class and the subject of every dinner table conversation. It was uniting in a way that was formerly unimaginable. For even the tiniest glimpse of what this was like, watch the most excellent Australian film, ‘The Dish’ which warmly tells the story of the Australian contribution to this herculean effort.
Those who would replace joy, the genuine unity of global accomplishment, pride in the human race and collective ‘Star-Trekian’ hope for the future with bitter and selfish debasement of that accomplishment are robbing us all of something more precious than one can realize. Especially if you had not yet been born and the damage was already done.
Thank you GoV for hipping me to this video.