The Virgin Galactic Crash - Heroes of Exploration
International Business Coach Comments on the Ramifications of the Crash of Spaceship 2
we are defined by our accomplishments, and we are refined by our failures. When we lose, when we fall, when we crash, it is then that we lay the foundation for future achievements. - Tom Epperson
In the wake of the shock surrounding the Virgin Galactic crash, many are speculating whether the costs and risks of privatizing space flight are justified. Others assert that this is not a valid reaction to the tragedy.
The deceased Virgin Galactic test pilot joins 24 other highly-qualified individuals who have died in space-related accidents in the history of U.S. space exploration. Some feel that this tragedy calls the privatization of space flight into question, but others disagree.
Tom Epperson, international business coach and author, says “Space exploration has always been difficult, costly, and painful. The fact that this was a privatized venture makes it no more or less poignant. This is merely the next stage in the evolution of human endeavor, and while tragic and heart-wrenching, we should not be surprised at this loss.”
Ironically, Epperson’s book “Flying in the Face of Gravity” offers hope and consolation to people suffering from grief, using a space exploration metaphor. The cover design was inspired by the privatization of space travel. “People hate setbacks, and this setback is huge by any measure. However, it is important that people manage their reaction to events like this carefully.”
“Painful setbacks are an integral part of progress, and cannot be avoided. Space travel is about expanding perspective, just as the European quest to find the new world was. The desire to know more, to see more, to understand more, is a drive planted so deep in the human psyche that it cannot and will not be dissuaded; not even by something as painful and tragic as a fatal crash.”
“As humans,” says Epperson, “we are defined by our accomplishments, and we are refined by our failures. When we lose, when we fall, when we crash, it is then that we lay the foundation for future achievements.”
Saturday, Epperson posted an article on his website, midlifematrix.com, stating “as we send our thoughts, our prayers, and our condolences, let us also send our unflagging support for the endeavor which is so important to these people that they are willing to risk their lives to achieve it.”
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