Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

Headaches Of A Caveman

“Why are we shelling out billions to fly into space when some of us don’t even have a cent to their name?”

Before I answer that, let me take you back in time.

We’re in a cave. And our tribe suffers from the usual caveman problems: illness, lack of food and violent weather.

But outside, far from the cave, there’s an unexplored mountain.

The Cro-Magnon-you says, “Me want climb mountain. See far. Find fix.”

To which our hide-wearing chief replies, “No. Fix cave trouble now. Mountain later.”

Little does our clan leader know that beyond the mountain lies a lush valley filled with wild berries; solving at least one of our tribe’s issues.

Space exploration works in a similar way.

By trying to scale the obstacles space travel throws at us, we discover solutions we would otherwise never find.

Space technology has given us: camera phones, CAT scans, LEDs, wireless headsets and more. If it wasn’t for NASA we wouldn’t even have Nike Air sneakers.

History teaches us that we can often find the answer to our troubles by leaving the cave.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach