The first man to walk on the moon died recently.
Yes, Neil Armstrong has died.
While that’s truly a tragedy for his family and friends, I can’t help but wonder if the way everyone has been mythologizing him has been a case of overkill.
Here’s why I think so.
Armstrong was one of three men (Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins) who were in Apollo 11 as it hurtled toward the moon. When it comes down to it (and here I may be exposing my ignorance) he could very well have been the one astronaut who did not step foot on the moon.
Then there’s the fact he was selected by NASA to be on the mission. What if he had been selected for Apollo 12 or beyond? Then, again, someone else would have been the first man on the moon.
I’m not trying to belittle Armstrong’s achievements, but let’s face facts here. Armstrong did not get to the moon all by himself. He was not the one who started the entire race to the moon.
He was the first man on the moon due largely to happenstance and being in the right places at the right times.
Rest in peace, Neil. But don’t get too caught up in the hype.