Bypassing typical headline news and remembering a world-wide hero

Published by adviser, Author: Tim Durr - Rocket Contributor, Date: August 31, 2012

It’s officially election time.

How can I tell? Take a look at a television, Twitter feed, website, pretty much everywhere you look you’ll see a Romney or Obama commercial telling you why not to vote for the other guy.

Whether it’s what he did at Bain Capital or what he did at the U.S. Capitol, there are plenty of reasons not to vote for either candidate.

Add in the Republican National Convention that started Tuesday and it’s been impossible to get away from the political talk.

If you do find a way to sneak away from the political discussion, the only other thing that probably appeared on your televisions, web browsers, and Twitter news feeds was information about Hurricane Isaac heading straight toward New Orleans almost seven years to the day after Katrina.

While that is an extremely important event to keep people notified about because of the ramifications, I believe that both of these events ended up overshadowing the passing of an American, scratch that, world-wide hero.

Neil Armstrong, the first person to step foot on the moon, died Saturday and received limited to no coverage most places that I looked.

The first place I saw anything about it was on Twitter, as there was a post by one of the physicists that I follow. Next, I saw a few stories pop up on Yahoo, CNN and the other major online news sites.

It was easier to find information out about Snooki going into labor than about the passing of a man who achieved so much throughout his life.

All of this blame can’t be placed on news organizations for lacking to provide proper tributes, part of it plays into the life that Armstrong chose to live.

He was an extremely private person throughout his life and for the current college generation just became someone who we learned about in school somewhere between elementary and middle school.

In a day and age where most people are driven toward doing whatever necessary to hold the spotlight, even if it causes loss of pride and dignity along the way, Armstrong achieved something so profound in the eyes of anyone with an ounce of explorer in them and then snuck back into society to live a regular life.

The death of Neil Armstrong should be an opportunity for everyone to think about the goals that they want to accomplish in life and realize that their actions will truly speak louder than their words, even though their actions may be saying one of the most famous sayings in U.S. history.

So, while everyone is watching the Republican National Convention, political commercials, and updates about Snooki’s baby, I’ll be having a moment of silence for one of my heroes, Neil Armstrong.


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