Monday, July 20, 2009

The Dignity of One Small Step

Neil Armstrong could now be wealthy beyond his wildest dreams. He could appear in any number of media outlets as often as he wished. But, Mr. Armstrong's dignity might be his greatest achievement. On the 40th anniversary of his "one small step for mankind" we might do well to remember that in his quiet and dignified life since that magnificent event we have a roll model for how we might all be better people.

In his limited public utterances, Armstrong has always turned the subject away from himself. He usually deflects credit to the 400,000 people who built and maintained the vehicles and managed the bureaucracy that enabled him and Aldrin to reach the moon.

Mr. Armstrong answered his country's call. Then he went home to resume his life. Thankyou for your service Mr. Armstrong.

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