posted on Jan, 8 2016 @ 07:44 PM
a reply to: Butterfinger
As you say Butter, we ARE running out of room. And drinkable water and breathable air and toxic free environment and radiation free oceans. It IS as
you say, time to move. But I just don't see it happening. I want it to happen, I have, my whole life. Im 70 Butter, and I was raised on the dream of
living on the moon, of living on Mars. I read the great science fiction books of the 40s and 50s as a teenager. And when we went to the moon I was so
excited that it would all be real, and like you I thought it was inevitable.
But it's NOT inevitable. I started reading Sagan and others who conjectured on the state of a civilization that was ready for space. The figures
mentioned suggested that of, say, 100 human civilizations that advanced to the stage that we have technologically, how many of them would be able to
extend their civilizations on into outer space. The number was depressing. By far, the speculations presented were that the vast majority would blow
themselves up first or just melt away in pollution and international squabbling, a few might make it to some level of solar system wide civilization
before they crumbled and a few more might have managed to establish bases on the moon. And as much as I, for most of my life, have wished it
otherwise, I think that we are clearly in that first category.
Now it may be that some kind of international cooperation might work. But we would all have to pull together. And this would take central planning. It
would take a one world governing body to focus the energies of tech and economics in a united push to the stars. So baring some kind of dramatic
re-organization of human resources and human governance in the very near future, I think that we are stuck here for good, or bad.
I think that maybe the best we can hope for is that there is advanced tech already available and we are just not being told about it. That there is a
hidden push to manage to get only a few, into some kind of extra terran existence. I think that this latest push that is stirring things up recently
may be just the public face of this hidden agenda. Nasa getting more money than it asked for. China and others all saying that they are starting on
'crash' programs to colonize space, etc. I think it may be all part of a PR front to get the people of the world to back the policies to squirt a few
of us into some kind of "off earth' program. And none of all of that will help the rest of us at all. And that my friend is the best I think we can
hope for. But I for one, would endorse even that.