14 years ago, on this day Russian space station Mir docked with space shuttle Atlantis for the very first time, paving way for a new level of US - Russian ties to emerge and flourish! Though some acrid memories of the cold war faintly remained, both nations took a significant step to partner with each other aimed to achieve significant results in the areas of life-sciences, filming with IMAX camera, vital logistical resupply of the Mir, recovery of US astronaut Norman E. Thagard and Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiments (SAREX-II), among other things!
Look at what cooperation can do!
Perhaps, a lot of people, corporate establishments and nations too need to learn a few lessons from such strategic partnerships, which during such turbulent economic times can prove vital to one another in the areas of research, people management, cost control and more importantly augmentation of humanitarian efforts!
The way ahead into the emerging world scenario will be built upon the fundamentals of collaboration aimed at establishing symbiotic relationships be it in furthering research, combating disease, feeding the hungry, cultivating wastelands, fighting terror or in exploring the existence of life forms beyond the Earth.
Partnership is not a bad word! On the contrary it makes way for superior intellect, fresh drive, accelerated purpose and strong pursuit of clearly defined goals.
And as Dante Alighieri so thoughtfully asked "Of my sowing such straw I reap. O human folk, why set the heart there where exclusion of partnership is necessary?", why forsake an option that might be the gateway itself?