posted on Jun, 26 2004 @ 11:08 PM
Some mathmetician crunched the numbers of human population growth.. and came to the conclusion that some time in early 4000 the earth will be a mass
of flesh expanding out at the speed of light. Obvoiusly we have to do something about this..... you might think.. hey we have 2k years, but that's
We don't have 2k years.. it won't be long before we can't support ourselves here.. we need to branch out.
Humans don't tend to see the big picture.. we become aware at some point early in age and a year seems an awfully long time. By the time we are
20..we are looking forward to 25... at 25 we are worried about 30. Around 30 we start to realize 40 isn't to far away... at 40.. 50 seems right
around the corner and at 50 we start throwing hints to the kids that we prefer home care to a nursing home. We tend to think about life in short
shifts and never to a point beyond what we think we might concievably live till. This is where we are outdated. The life span of a human in any but
third world counties is getting higher and higher, but we aren't thinking about the future. At some point someone will realize that in their lifetime
the possibility of a next generation will be zero.. and by then it will be too late.
To carry on with human life we have to take steps that will garuntee it, and the time to start this would be now.. why... because it will take a few
life times or more to complete the operation.
My picture would be this...
Orbital communities around planets and moons which have natural resources... contected to workers and gathered resources on the surface by a space
elevator. Then ships from the orbital communities will ferry the goods to who needs them in other communities.. also contected to their planet with a
space elevator. There would also be Domed communities on planets like the moon and mars.
The theory behind this is A) We need the room and the resources. B) The cost in fuel to ferry resources would be to high if we needed to escape a
planet's gravity with them.. hence the elevators and orbital communities.
Next is the transportation method... most on the drawing board require we are already out of the gravitational field of a planet. Some require
equipment set up along travel routes(solar,laser) There are some other methods.. I think solar wind was one and another being nuclear...
Some of the above have already been designed.. then can move at vast speeds and low cost provided that the initial investment of the set up is paid.
Nuclear powered travel is unfortunetly caught up in red tape because of treaties banning nuclear objects in space. And finaly the space elevator I
believe has reached final design but there is no money to build it.
(NOTE: Some of these ships, their method, cost etc.. can be found in a book by Carl Sagan but I forget which title)
The above "plan for survival" will cost in money more then we can possibly fathom, and would require cooperation between the nations and private
corporation funding as well, arcross hundereds of years.
Not to mention the slow building of these ships, routes, communities, elevators, surveying trips/mine outfits and cities.
It is quite possible that those here reading this who are 30 or under might live to 100yrs. Those after us to 110..120.. and so on. When will we
finaly make the conscious switch to a perspective of life that includes.. a few hundred years? To late to save ourselves... so we are going to have to
force the issue and do something now.