reply to post by Krazysh0t
I really admire what you're doing with this thread, and I think your idea is very attractive. I hope it works out well.
I'm a little worried about some of the alternatives to your ideas. Probably my biggest worry is that we end up in a "Slave World," as North Korea
is a "Slave Nation." Freedom House, which posts the most relied on statistics for freedom in the world, has noted that world freedom has declined
in each of the last seven years. I hope we don't end up like China, Russia, North Korea, or Iran, but I don't know how that trend will be
It's possible that each group currently on earth will get their own planet to colonize, but we'll need a lot of planets. The first thing we'd have
to do is quarantine each planet, nothing in or out. If one planet got its hands on interstellar flight, every other planet would be at their
Some groups would die out, either through natural or man-made disasters. Islam split up early on into Shiite and Suni factions, which are currently
engaged in wiping each other out. I expect the same would happen anywhere dissenting opinions were allowed.
Will people want to sacrifice their lives in the hope of finding new planets to colonize? Maybe, but does our population show any interest in
self-sacrifice now? Or are we all self-centered, thinking no further into the future than our children. (If we think of anyone else at all.) It
might happen, though. But as a test, I couldn't think of a large number of senior citizens interested in reducing Social Security benefits to ensure
the program remains solvent for future generations. Maybe, if we get crowded enough, and have enough despair, the motivation might not be to spread
mankind, maybe it would be to get away from Earth.
I would be sad if we ever met an intelligent alien race. Mankind doesn't have a history of peaceful co-existence. What would we do if they didn't
need our social planners and commissars, or our advertising men, or missionaries, or factories? What if they struck us as backward savages? Would we
try to change them? Would we be the serpent in their garden of Eden? I'd rather we die off than bear that guilt.