Risk is Our Business. But Benefits Usually Outweigh Costs of a New, Big Action!
Risk is Our Business!
I checked off another bucket list item on Sunday, October 18th, 2020! I saw a live launch, in person of a rocket going to space. It was a SpaceX rocket delivering 60 small Starlink satellites to orbit. Seeing the bright plume of the rocket and then feeling and hearing the rumble and blast of it all when the sound finally caught up with the visuals, reminded me of the great risk taken anytime we launch things to space.
A mishap on this launch would've cost Elon Musk and SpaceX hundreds of millions of dollars directly from losing the rockets and satellites, and indirectly from the delay it would've forced on future launches while they looked to troubleshoot the failure.
Humanity has been launching objects into space since 1957 but it is still a costly, risky venture. But the rewards far outweigh any costs or dangers. This is a lesson for us all, both in our personal and professional lives. We can often dwell on all the dangers and risks of taking a big action, but we forget all the benefits that come with it. Even if we "fail" from our action, we have gained experience and grown as a result.
So, as Captain James T. Kirk once gave a speech about, "Risk is our business!" Check the speech here: https://www.americanrhetoric.com/MovieSpeeches/moviespeechstartrektos49risk.html
But to close, here is an excerpt:
"They used to say if man could fly, he'd have wings.
But he did -- fly.
He discovered he had to.
Do you wish that the first Apollo mission hadn't reached the moon, or that we hadn't gone on to Mars, and then to the nearest star? That's like saying that you wished you still operated with scalpels and sewed your patients up with catgut like your great great great great grandfather used to.
I'm in command. I could order this.
But I'm not because Doctor McCoy is right in pointing out the enormous danger potential in any contact with life and intelligence as fantastically advanced as this.
But I must point out that the possibilities, the potential for knowledge and advancement is equally great."