Boy, did Prince William put his foot in it by sounding off on the BBC about William Shatner’s journey to space on a Jeff Bezos rocket.
“We need some of the world’s greatest brains and minds fixed on trying to repair this planet, not trying to find the next place to go and live,” mentioned the Duke of Cambridge.
First off, it’s Bezos’ cash to spend as he sees match: He didn’t simply earn it (not to mention inherit it), he created it by growing a enterprise that has met the wants of numerous hundreds of thousands of prospects and staff.
And his Blue Origin enterprise, like these of rivals Elon Musk and Richard Branson, isn’t about abandoning the planet however enlarging the scope of human endeavor to the revenue of all who dwell on its floor.
Yes, the Shatner shot was a stunt — however a grand one which certainly serves the firm effectively, taking “Captain Kirk” (at age 90!) up 60 miles above Earth’s floor for 3 minutes in zero gravity. It didn’t simply seize consideration, it impressed.
It was enjoyable — the memes alone are implausible.
And it was touching, as Shatner described “the most profound experience I can imagine,” witnessing the “immeasurably small” line between Earth and space: “This air which is keeping us alive is thinner than your skin.”
Those phrases alone certainly did good work for the trigger of “trying to repair this planet.” And the improvements from this new space race will possible assist handle local weather change — that’s how technological advance works. Humanity’s drive to space has already introduced spinoffs from scratch-resistant lenses, LASIK tech, wi-fi headsets, CAT scans and trendy synthetic limbs to GPS.
The prince’s bitter phrases reek of a bid to seize the highlight from one other (ex) royal given to utilizing his prominence to lecture the insufficiently PC.