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Originally posted by AmatuerSkyWatcher
I haven't watched the video yet, I will do so tomorrow when I have some more time.
I just wanted to comment on the whole 'world peace' and 'wasting money on warfare' comments:
As detestable as warfare is, there is no doubt that it has been the catalyst for most of our technological advancements in the last two thousand years (if not longer).
Please don't get me wrong, I am not advocating warfare, but it has, without doubt, propelled us as a species to the position where we are today (technologically). Without warfare, there may not have been the inclination to build rockets. Without warfare, there might not have been the urgent need to beat the opposition to put a man on the moon.
Warfare is what drives all species forward. It is evident in natural selection and in evolutionary advancements in arms races between predator and prey (and in inter-species warfare). Advancement in adversity. The need and will to survive is a very powerful thing, when harnessed with clear thought and objectivity.
It's quite ironic, that when you stand back and look at it from a distance, warfare is just as likely to be the salvation of our species through a technological discovery, as it is the exterminator of our species. It's a fine line our species walks upon, but it is the natural universe at work. You survive or you die. Harsh, but never the less, true.
If you locked two men in identical rooms, and told one "if you get out first, you'll get a lovely bunch of flowers" and you told the other "unless you get out first, you'll be killed", who would you 'put your money on' getting out of that room first?
It's an interesting, yet disturbing, ethical quandary.
Originally posted by sugarcookie1
reply to post by solarstorm
I'm glad you decided to join in the conversation but could you please add something to the thread besides what you did..We are talking about Mars and development and the exploration of this planet ..peace,sugarcookie1