John Derbyshire, regular contributor to National Review Online made the following post.
The notion that our government might once again put a man on the Moon, let alone Mars, is absurd, and can only induce laughter, or tears, depending on one's mood.
These failures themselves are only symptoms of some more profound civilizational sickness. Western — let us be blunt about it: white-European — civilization is on its way out.
We are a victim of our own excesses.
There is a great verse in the Old Testament book of Isaiah. In the NIV it reads; “ Everything we have accomplished HE has done for us.”
So ultimately we have nothing, as humans, upon which to brag. That’s humbling.