Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward Iíve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds, Ė and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hovíring there,
Iíve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless falls of air...
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
Iíve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, nor eer eagle flew Ė
And, while with silent lifting mind Iíve trod
The high, untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.
"Knowing there is a world that will outlive you, there are people whose well-being depends on how you live your life, affects the way you live your life, whether or not you directly experience those effects.
You want to be the kind of person who has the larger view, who takes other peopleís interests into account, whoís dedicated to the principles that you can justify; like justice, knowledge, truth, beauty and morality.