a reply to: Ghost147
Off world expansion would be my suggestion. Rather than sinking more money than currently exists in the entire bloody universe, into poorly
contracted, ill thought out projects and defence initiatives, the nations of the world should be banding together to get international bases put on
the moon, and develop propulsion methods for spacecraft which will allow an Earth-Mars transit within a period of no more than four weeks. Space
station shipyards should be built above Earth first, and spacecraft constructed in the gravity free environment up there for this purpose.
Unmanned construction vehicles should be sent to Mars orbit to built similar stations in orbit of that planet, and these should include orbit to
surface dropper-lifter craft and launching sites for the same. Colonies should be constructed on Mars after this point, once the station has been
established. At that time, material resources should be requisitioned from Mars, in order to allow the building of yet more shipyards, for the purpose
of creating a way station situation at Mars, so that further exploration of our Solar System, and its solid bodies can be performed, and new
discoveries made, hopefully leading to a better understanding over time, of space flight mechanics, propulsion methodology, the discovery of abundant
fuel sources on moons and asteroids, and the eventual creation of something like FTL, possibly by way of a space warping drive or similarly effective
work around for relativistic limitations.
At this point, all human endeavour should be at least tangential to the cause of furthering expansion throughout the solar system, and indeed beyond.
Once some sort of solution to the speed of light problem has been developed, our focus should be on spreading the human race out to as many different
locations as is physically practical at the time. I say this for many reasons, but chief amongst them are as follows.
First, humanity as a species thrives when it is on the raggedy edge, flying by the seat of its pants, and getting through the day with guts and
determination, rather than as part of a daily grind. The concrete and asphalt coffins we all tend to live in, certainly in the west, are not conducive
to maintaining a sense of wonder, strength, and sense of self. Uniformity has bred complacency in many, and this makes for a dangerous situation,
since were the worst to happen, many would not survive, so programmed are they by the relative ease with which they might pass a day out, when
compared with if they were on the frontier of some new planet, or for that matter pioneering on this one, in days gone by.
But also, we have the space issue, and by that I mean the volume of square miles required, to adequately and comfortably provide for the needs of the
teeming multitudes of humans, currently living on the planet. At the moment, if you spread us all out all over the place, and provided solutions to
the problems of extremes of temperature, and geological activity in some regions, there would be enough space for everyone to get along just fine, and
this would de-stress the tensions between some of the currently warring factions of Earth quite nicely, in all probability.
However, that is not a long term effective solution, since populations grow faster, the more folk there are to reproduce, and so emerging into space
and creating colonies on as many solid bodies as is possible and practical, would seem to be a good solution to that issue.
But furthermore you have the fact that a population distributed over a wider area of space, is less likely to be completely wiped out by a cosmic
event, than a population centered on and around one single planet, in one single solar system. At present, a mere asteroid could wipe our entire
planets population off the map. The ladies and gentlemen aboard the ISS would not survive long on their own, separated from ground control by way of
ground control, and everything ON the ground being rather thoroughly dead, and that would be all she wrote, save for the few wandering probes that
would still plough through space, futile communications with Earth being unheard, bearing the message of our existence to a wider galaxy that would
never know anything more of us, than they could find out from those scattered mechanisms.
But pushing outward, ever outward, would mean that short of the inevitable collision between our galaxy and the next nearest one, there would be next
to no way that a naturally occurring event could wipe our entire civilisation out. Being in as many places as possible, would render the human race
better protected from potential extinction than ever, and I think as reasoning beings we must understand that it has only ever been our ability to
prevent our extinction using logic and reason, as well as the natural gifts with which we are showered, which leave us in the position we currently
enjoy. It stands to reason then, that if we continue to use the foremost of our understanding and technical ability, that we will continue to victor
over entropy as a species, for an awful lot longer, than if we stagnate, locked to our home world, without any ability or space to grow.