posted on Aug, 23 2014 @ 08:10 AM
I'm inclined to agree SyxPak in that if people are mentally healthy volunteers (particularly bearing in mind the line "We aren't sending anyone up
there who doesn't like the Earth,") I can't really find much of an argument against the actual mission. Again though, the central point is of course
that these people are happy to volunteer for the right reasons.
While I'm... ok might be more appropriate than saying I'm happy with the idea - there is something which I cannot put my finger on that does leave me
feeling a little uncomfortable - the notion of a TV show does raise certain questions which, as EyesOpenMouthShut alludes to, will need the most
careful of handling. It might be a somewhat novel idea of generating funding but I'd be concerned that undertaking such a mission with so public a
face might, should the worst occur, be very detrimental for the future of space exploration for some time afterwards. Perhaps even destroying the
notion completely for a generation or two.
fossilera, I don't think it's difficult to understand your first point. Love, beautiful blessing that it is, does bind and while one may be happy to
run headlong, "Hurling your bodies out into the void, without the slightest inkling
of who or what is out here."
such concerns, perhaps even appearing to exist only as secondary considerations initially, are going to be hugely
influential for anyone giving such a attractive adventure the full consideration it deserves. As to sending anyone with a death wish, even granting
that such terminology might be slightly misleading, I would disagree. I think the underlying motivation must be healthy one. It's hard to imagine
what effect such an adventure may have on the individual and I think on the most simplistic level a healthy mind is better placed to adapt to and
manage the broadest spectrum of potential consequences. It's not so much a disagreement that an individual should not have the right to do as they
wish, more a concern focused on the success of an already precarious mission.
My thanks to all for offering up your thoughts.
edit on 23/8/14 by JAK because: ETA: Applause for the spirit of those who mentioned they
toyed with the idea of signing up for this venture. It's bold as humans are wont to be. There may be sillyness between us at times but I do so love