Referring to the ‘1/28/86 - lest we forget’ thread in MPSIMS.
It’s the ‘lest’ that defines the thread title as a premise. That elevates it from ‘memorial thread’ to ‘assertion that it it’s important that we not forget.’
I disagree with that assertion. It’s been 30 years, it was an unusually public and spectacular death, and it set our manned space program back a couple of years. But that’s the extent of it. It was only important because everybody knew about it. Consequently, there is no need for those whose lives weren’t connected with those of the seven astronauts to keep on knowing about it.
The deaths of the ~120 people who died in car crashes that day are at least as significant and important to remember as the 7 who died more publicly by a more sparsely-used means of transportation.
I object to the moderator response.