Felix Baumgartner: Today’s Ruler of the World
For the past week I’ve been doing nothing but scheduling guest posts, emailing back and forth with authors and bloggers, and writing. It was refreshing today to stop for an hour and watch the Red Bull Stratos make its slow climb to 127,000 feet above the Earth, and then tense up as today’s baddest dude on the planet, Felix Baumgartner, scooted up to the hatch and took the longest leap in history.
That was physically and emotionally exhausting to watch, but I’m happy to see the media spotlight something good for a change, something progressive,
meaningful. For a moment, many people across the world weren’t focused on the tally of dead from our various wars or which celebrity contracted which STD from which trashy, drug-addicted significant other.
A breath of fresh air. Can you imagine a world in which this is the only kind of news you see? No war, no greed, no vanity, no hunger, no political puppeteering? Why can’t we all make the mutual decision to call a cease fire, abandon our self-destructive ways, embrace our intelligence, innovation, and capacity for abstract thought, and say, “Okay, let’s see what we can accomplish in this universe,” before Felix doesn’t have an Earth to land on?
So did you watch it? Were you as riveted as I was? I really want to hear from people about this.