originally posted by: WanderingSage
a reply to: JadeStar
The big picture is the Earth is at the brink of world war, disease, famine, etc. Landing a hunk of metal on a comet does nothing for us. This comet
isn't going to all of a sudden change the universe for us. If the human race keeps going the way it is none of us will have descendants in 500 years.
I'd rather see that funding for this go to something way more effective in helping the Earth.
The problem with your thinking is that it is very small.
You do not see that all you described are symptoms of a problem of which there is no solution on Earth to get us out of. Dwindling resources or the
perception of them are what lead to the things you describe above.
What on Earth (pun intended) would the tiny cost of this mission be put towards to create abundance to solve those problems?
The abundance needed to solve them lay above your head both figuratively and literally.
This is not a zero sum game. Just because we are doing one does not mean a) we're not doing the other and b) we're running counter to the other.
Quite the contrary!!!
The technologies needed to live on an increasingly inhospitable planet happen to also be the same ones needed to explore and eventually populate the
already inhospitable places in our solar system and beyond.
They won't appear by magic or wishful thinking.
They will appear by clever thinking by our clever species having to respond to new and DIFFERENT challenges in new and DIFFERENT ways which space
drives us to do. This response to a challenges of living in new and different places what has driven our ability to ADAPT and evolve throughout human
history. It is what has given us our intellect. How dare we stop evolving?
So what will drive us towards developing the technologies and techniques needed to squeeze more space out of our Earth and make better use of it in an
inward looking world?
War and entertainment are the only two things with massive budgets big enough to do so and neither of them seem likely to make our world any better
than it is.
To the contrary......
The space programs of the world
have developed plenty of things which are
helping life on Earth EVERY SINGLE DAY. These are called spinoff technologies and there is a yearly report on them you can google or
just go here to get educated about them.
Even developing nations like India know this which is why they and others invest in space exploration and exploitation. It's an investment in our
Our world's problems are based on an economy of scarcity.
Our future solutions will be based on an economy of abundance.
Space it just so happens is a place of abundance. Nearly every energy and resource problem we have (and the adjacent environmental ones) can be solved
through pollution-less, clean, green space technologies like Solar Power Satellites, Helium-3 Fusion, etc.
Every precious metal exists in asteroids.
And the solution to overcrowding on Earth (where many of the problems you indicate stem from) is ironically, more livable space.
Ideas on how to create more liveable space on Earth just so happen to have got their start from the 1960s space program. From modular buildings to
vertical expansion rather than urban sprawl. All of that began from looking at how to construct a Moon or Mars colony because that forced us to think
DIFFERENTLY about how we would live out there, and perhaps even down here.
The environmental movement which took hold in the 1970s was fueled by the iconic image from Apollo 11 of our Earth seen from space.
The people who have seen the Earth from space have said it transforms how they think about our world and what we're doing in it and to it.
Do you not want more people to have that experience and perhaps the inspiration it will give them to actually help solve some of the problems you
Dwelling on a dystopian future as portrayed by Hollywood, the mainstream media and so on is en vogue. I get that.
But we will get not only the future we dream of, we will get the future we deserve.
It's time to dream bigger dreams than nihilistic dystopian existence when we have the brainpower to go in the other direction.
The "Star Trek" world of the future IS possible if we dare. It is not a matter of if we are smart enough, we've proven that. It's now just a matter of
if we are brave enough and have the will to make it happen.
In that grand vision there is no place for myopia. A better world is possible if we dare look up. By looking up, we also end up looking at our future.
What will be our children and their children's present.
We also look into the mirror and see ourselves as one humanity whose problems are interwoven and transcend national borders. A humanity whose
solutions will ALSO transcend nations and even the Earth itself.
Perhaps it's time for all of us to raise our expectations? Moments like this landing not only do that but are also first practical steps to accessing
that economy of abundance above our heads and apparently above yours.
The dinosaurs as mighty and prolific as they were had small brains and small dreams. They fought amongst themselves while a threat they could never
haver perceived loomed.
And they couldn't stop that asteroid any more than a society turning inward and fighting amongst itself as you would have us do could.
Dream better. Dream bigger. You're allowed. You are not a dinosaur.
edit on 13-11-2014 by JadeStar because: (no reason given)