posted on Jul, 31 2013 @ 01:53 PM
The way I see it, there is only one of two paths that can occur for our species to end up united in the common goal of spreading our species and
surviving; these being the basic needs of any living organism in existence. As it stands now, our species is probably more divided than ever. As old
divisions close up, new ones are created. This can be seen by the rampant partisanism in our country alone.
With the available land space quickly shrinking, resources dwindling, and no new places to explore and open up for our species to propagate; we are
quickly becoming too numerous and wasteful for our planet to support our species. This leaves space exploration and settlement as a growing answer to
our problems. Yet, due to our divisions and inherent greed and apathy we are clearly not doing enough to rectify this exponentially growing problem.
We are relying on corporations to fund advancements to save our species, explore space, search for new resources, etc. Yet these companies show time
and again their inability to look past their own noses at the bigger picture. And who can blame them? They have shareholders to answer to. How can you
worry about 20 years down the road when the guy(s) funding you want to know how they can make money now? These people are human just like you and
This leads many to believe that for our species to truly advance to the next level of development; we have to come together as a whole, tear down the
barriers and work together for the betterment of mankind. Put forth generations towards advancing and ensuring the survival of our race.
Now as I mentioned in my first paragraph, there are only two ways that this can be accomplished. Either mankind has some sort of epiphany and
suddenly stops hating each other, or a small group of elites take control of the population and force their will through totalitarian means. Now
looking logically, based on past human civilizations as well as today’s civilizations, which of these options do you think is more likely? I’m
just going to go ahead and direct your mind towards the correct answer, the latter.
Now I know what you are thinking after reading that last paragraph. “Is this guy seriously about to defend totalitarianism?” Yes I know
totalitarianism is despicable and puts people in awful living conditions, but look at what some of the past civilizations accomplished through
totalitarian rule. Take the ancient Egyptians for one. If today, someone wanted to build a giant stone pyramid designed to weather the test of time,
imagine the holes that he’d have to go through just to get off the ground.
Provided he didn’t have enough startup capital to begin with, he’d have to first pitch this plan to countless investors. All of which would want
to know how this will benefit them. They would want to know how a pyramid that is going to take a few lifetimes to build is going to be a good
investment. Now provided you found your capital, you need a place to build this grand wonder of the world. Bring out your red tape scissors, because
now you will have to negotiate with many governments of differing sizes about where you can place this thing. Most likely you’ll have to pay
property taxes on this thing. Next up is labor and equipment. With this you have to worry about maintenance costs, hiring people to maintain your
equipment, salaries, etc. These things just touch the surface of how much of a headache building a pyramid would be in this day and age. We haven’t
even touched on the feasibility of the actual project yet.
Now look back at the pharaohs of Egypt, while it is debatable if they used slave labor or not, the people most certainly listened when the pharaoh
told his people to go out and build a giant pyramid in honor to the gods. They didn’t ask why this was necessary; they just accepted that their
leader told them this was so. They didn’t have a choice in the matter, just go out and accomplish the task, and make sure they taught their children
how to do what they were doing too.
Another good example of feats such as this is the Great Wall of China. The emperor of China decided one day that he’d like a giant wall to keep his
neighbors out. Did he provide adequate wages, development updates to shareholders, decent equipment, or negotiate with local governments? Nope, he
just went out and started building this thing that ended up being able to be one of the few manmade structures able to be seen from space. The workers
who died during this vast process just became mortar for the wall.
This is what I was getting at, one person or a few leaders can give a large body of people direction and motivation, albeit at the end of a whip. They
will skip over small things like living conditions, safety regulations, and general happiness all for the greater good. The greater good being the
advancement of the species towards new frontiers. How great would it be if we could put several generations of people towards advancing space faring
technology with no noticeable benefits until the project is complete several lifetimes down the road? So many people will lose their lives or be
maimed in the process, but is your or my misfortune all that bad in the light of the bigger picture? Our children’s children may be able to explore
the cosmos and even possibly escape from the clutches of the tyranny that has gripped the whole of human society.
Now I know that there are plenty of innovations throughout the span of human history that happened outside of dictatorship, however these innovations
are usually performed by one or a few people and are accomplished in one lifetime. However, the logistics and barriers involved with being able to
explore and see space with our own eyes suggests that unless humanity is blessed with a brilliant mind of unprecedented intelligence, wealth, and
generosity (like Tony Stark from Ironman) we probably won’t scale these barriers in one lifetime. We will most likely need many minds and a great
deal of manpower working together with the same end goal over several generations to achieve this leap into the vast unknown.
In conclusion, I didn’t write this thread to get you all outraged and thinking that I supported some NWO agenda to unite the world under
totalitarian rule. I wrote this thread as a thought experiment (I just hope that many of you will get to this paragraph before hitting the reply
button and angrily attacking me). At the end of the day I would prefer that humans get over their differences all on their own and start working
together in harmony with their environment and towards the goal of eventually setting out into space. However, I view this outcome as highly unlikely
leaving this following choice. Which is better in your mind: remaining a short-sighted divided society and our species dying a slow painful death as
we use up the last of our resources and space to live, only to devolve into mindless fighting and self-destruction or total rule of a few over the
whole of our population towards the betterment of the species? I mean who knows, maybe we can even achieve that elusive goal of unity through love
that we all dream about once forced to drop all divisions and barriers.