posted on Jul, 18 2009 @ 06:53 PM
If a "Capture the Flag" contest broke out and it gave the U.S. a kick in the pants to start up the Space Race once again, then I'm all for it!
Heaven knows we accomplished more in Space Exploration during those 18 years between 1957 and 1975 than we have in the 34 years since!
However, the placing of the flag is a symbolic gesture dating to Imperialistic times.
"With this flag, I claim this land in the name of the King of England.
"Ahem! Excuse me...but we were here first. This is our land!
"Oh sorry, I didn't see you there. Do you have a flag?
"Flag? We don't need no stinkin' flags!
"Well we have a flag and this land now belongs to England.
"Fine, then don't come running to us when you run out of food when winter comes!
Although there is still some kind of unwritten rule that a placed flag denotes ownership, just like getting somewhere first somehow denotes ownership
(possession being 9/10ths of the law and all that sticky jazz), neither would hold up under International Law in regards to the moon.
Personally, I find it rather silly that temporal creatures such as humans would stake claim to lands that were here for billions of years before the
advent of the human species and will continue to be here for billions of years after our species is extinct. But then again, Nationalism is just as
silly as a notion to me as well.
Still, whatever excuse Americans need to get off their duffs and to start working on furthering Space Exploration is good enough for me, even if you
have to use Nationalism and Imperialistic Flags to achieve that.
[edit on 18-7-2009 by fraterormus]