By Cheryl Mahoney
When I was in history classes, sometimes it felt as though all we studied was one war after another. It was always heartening to be able to point to the moon landing as one historic event that wasn’t violent and was, I think, truly about achieving a dream.
“We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” –John F. Kennedy
“That’s one small step for (a) man; one giant leap for mankind.” —Neil Armstrong, upon stepping onto the moon
“Here Men From The Planet Earth First Set Foot Upon the Moon, July 1969 A.D. We Came in Peace For All Mankind.” —inscription on a plaque left on the surface of the Moon
Walking on the moon may not have much directly to do with philanthropy, but I think there are few things more symbolic of the ability of humanity to achieve whatever we set our minds to. Forty years ago today we went to the moon. Let’s set our minds on changing the Earth.