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Originally posted by muzzleflash
We do not "NEED" the military.
There is no survival reasoning to have a military other than "someone else has one we need to defend from". That is the only reason, a Self-perpetuating reason!
In the end game, humans NEED a space program. Not just humans, but all life on Earth.
All animals on Earth are counting on us to accomplish this task, as we are the caretakers of Earth (suppose to be).
All life on Earth "needs" a "space program" to get us out of here when our sun goes nova.
We don't "need" a military though.
Originally posted by Bspiracy
Sure.. we're going to have war and the military but saying we need it is saying the same thing as WE NEED CANCER TO BE ABLE TO FIGHT CANCER.. utter crap way of thinking.
If we were peaceful and loving to one another from the beginning, the tech we need to advance and get off this planet if we wanted would have been developed a long time ago..
Originally posted by randel
reply to post by MY2Commoncentsworth
A simple example, Iceland, have you heard of it ? People earn more on average that in the US, life is cheap, life is great, but nobody attacked them because there was no reason to.
Originally posted by Sm0kinGuns
I think there will always be a need for space exploration. But the reason why all these huge inventions came from left field was because we had never been there before. Now that we've been there and done that I'm not so sure that we'll have any major break through in tech like we have had in the 50s-60s
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Originally posted by Truth1000
While there are some negatives, the sheer financial aspects necessitate continued spending on these programs, or the Germans, Japanese, and especially the Chinese, will simply pass us by in 20 or 30 years.