Last evening I could not sleep, so I went to the city to see my homeless kids and give them some blankets and clothing people had collected for them. Sometimes, it takes me awhile to round the majority of them up, but not last night. In all honesty, it was really early morning. They all wanted to go to a place in the city called Fountain Square. It’s a really nice gathering place, where some very cool things happen. This time they wanted to go watch the big screen broadcast of “Curiosity,” being shown on the Square. That is the 2.5 billion dollar rover, which was sent to Mars in search of life. It was 1:32 a.m. EST when it touched down. I was watching my unusually quiet kids as they watched the big screen wide-eyed. I flashed back to my days in grade school when we would get the chance to watch Alan B. Shepard, Jr. on May 5, 1961 go into space. I was in awe as I remember that…but even back then I had a sense that if anyone lived on the Moon, they probably would have come to visit Earth before then.
It was while watching the early morning event with the kids that I had my “AHA” moment. Here were these kids, who by not fault of their own were homeless, addicted, ill, and basically alone with no help in sight. Then I glanced to my left and saw a family I met last year. A man and his wife and their 3 children, who live in their car and eat when they can get to the Soup Kitchen or when the father can make some money doing day labor. He had lost his job 2+ years ago and then they lost their home. In front of us, was a teenage boy, sitting in a wheelchair, filled with excitement, while getting oxygen through a cannula.
Things began to become seem overwhelming to me. I sat there on the Square doing math in my head. If someone gave me 1/10th of that 2.5 billion dollars it took to send “Curiosity” to Mars, I would had 250 million dollars!!!! 250 million!!! Do you know what I could do with that money? I could buy land. On that land I could build a research facility and staff it, so that we could find answers and cures for diabetes, cancer, AIDS, heart disease, Muscular Dystrophy and more. On that land I could build a huge elementary school and middle school/high school and staff it. I could start a job training program that would really work. I could build a state of the art Detox facility and long term rehab facility and staff it with the best of the best doctors, counselors, etc. There could have a huge garden, small homes for people in transition to live in, a place for people who lived there to work at some form of craft/building business and sell what was made. They would have a salary, the community and all of its facilities would have money coming in, and it would be close to self-sustaining. I would make sure there was an excellent clinic, dentists, eye doctors, etc.. We could even donate money for continued research in The Rainforest, where many many plants and trees are used to create incredible medications. 250 million dollars!!!!! 2.5 billion dollars spent to see if life ever has or ever could be sustained on Mars!! Is it me? Have I lost my mind? Am I some kind of crazy person with absolutely no desire to live on Mars??? As I did my math and I knew I was about to have a super brain eruption, I realized that the money could have been divided among all fifty states…each state receiving 50 million dollars which could only be used for the purposes I listed above.
I don’t think I am so crazy. I think that as much as I love the United States, I see that we are a very wasteful people, and tend to look away from things that are not so pretty and nice.
There is a saying isn’t there? “Curiosity” killed the cat.
Love & Peace Always
Sarah-Pink Welch ©2013