posted on Jun, 14 2004 @ 02:09 PM
I'm going to jump in here with an unpopular argument in favor of war and space exploration...
First of all eploration and the advancment of information and technology should come before humanitarian needs. It is technology and understanding of
the universe around us that can do the most good. If in 1900 the US had spent money on shipping food to other countries in need instead of spending
money developing farm machinery and railroads, then today we would still be shipping food via horse drawn cart and slow ships. Which is better, slow
small amounts of shipping food or massive air drops like take place in many areas of the world? Also which is better... sending some grain to an arid
land for starving people or sending seeds for bioengineered wheat that can grow in a dry climate?
Saving people NOW at the cost of science and exploration is dooming humans to population caps, limited resources...and war for space and food.
Now for war. In the 1930s many countries had small militaries to protect thier own country. This was even true for the united states. But then Hitler
came along with world domination in mind and changed everything. Countries found themselve unable to defend against the german war machine and in
responce the US changed from an average country to a war manufacturer to SAVE european lives and freedoms. This bred a new america where people
realized the only way to ensure your way of life to to protect it with force if needed.
War exist because resources are limited things, be it oil, food, wood, metal, anything. Only so many people can survive off of the earth and survive
well. Therefore there is war. By lving better and consuming more you better your chances for survival and reproduction. War exist in the animal world
as well. Killing others for their resource is part of humanity. And even if it mean killing people, it also means survival. The survival of many
european countries of the 1940s involved KILLING lots of germans. Such is life on earth with humans.
Its easy to sit back and say "war is bad" but would you still feel that way if some other country though having a house was selfish and people
should live in caves? Whos to say that cat food is selfish?
In the end humans will always have war as long as we do not have unlimited access to everything we want. And if you disagree with that, well, it
doesn't matter, because the person who does think war is nessesary will kill you.
Biological, social, and political evolution dictates that advancment of technology and the ability to wage war is successful. Cooperation and
humanitarian actions only exist to help stablize societies.
I'm not a cruel heartless person, and i do wish we could do without war or famine, or anything else that involves suffering, but these are the
reasons for the way we are. We will probably never change.