posted on May, 11 2014 @ 01:11 PM
originally posted by: Teye22
I cant say with certainty who would win this race....but I can say this! We (humans) should not be colonizing ANY other planets/moons until we can
figure out a way to respect our surroundings (nature) without destroying it and stop thinking that everything is there for profit, we are destroying
our beautiful Earth and when we start running low on resources, we'll just go onto the next planet utill we destroy it too?!?
We are savages and we would kill to take it over and get the precious resources. Once a valuable metal/gas/ whatever is discovered, this si when the
real conflicts will start, as countries have done well....forever, would start wars for the $$$.
It's wrong imo.
Still amazing that we can actually plan this type of mission now though as it shows how our technology is advancing.
Just my 2 cents
And I completely disagree.
As a cultural geographer, I have long studied the development of the human species of the last few hundred years. Geographical expansionism, while
imperialist in nature, is the only alternative to war in terms of social and technological progression. War is the result of an epoch where human
geographical expansion has already reached its limits, thus empires divide and conquer already populated territory and resources.
The technological capability of further expansion means that empires will focus more on expanding into unexplored territory. If you want an example,
look at the Arctic. Only now is there a push to populate and develop it, because it is becoming more habitable and economically viable due to new
technologies and climate change.
And the most obvious advantage to colonizing the moon is that the world will focus on developing new generations of spacecraft, instead of commercial
activity that proves to be too ecologically damaging to the Earth (ie, oil tanker ships).
My point is that we are over-consuming pretty much every resources we have on this planet and instead of finding a REAL solution (and before
you ask no I don't have one) we are willing to just move the problem elsewhere. When our planet can no longer sustain our 7 + billion people, you
really think we could all survive on the moon, mars? Not even remotely!
This IS a real solution!
What solution do you suggest? We sit on Earth and further degenerate ourselves into stagnation and self-destruction in search of some utopian
solution to our social problems?
You have to look at the problems, AND THEN identify the causes. Finding some super source of energy will solve nothing for us on Earth because under
the capitalist mode of production, there will be those who own this source of energy and those who have to work to pay to use it.
It has to be accepted that the most fundamental social barriers that we face today, are in fact inherent social problems of the human species. We are
the result of the world that we created, but our problems are the result of our natural instincts conflicting with our unnatural environment.
This is why space colonization works; we will be building human constructs in barren wastelands. In essence, the space colonies will foster
generations of humans that will be more human than the human that we are now.
edit on 11-5-2014 by Vovin because: (no reason given)