Here, by way of contribution, is my confession,
my own pet conspiracy theory.
The dream of space was suppressed because of fear.
The _method_ of suppressing the dream was a meme
that first surfaced in my area in the late 70's early 80's
People said "Space!? We have enough problems here on Earth."
It was useful to the average six-pack or grocery-shopper when they found themselves in a conversation above their education level.
Also, once on the defensive, most space fanatics
were hard pressed to explain the safety issues,
how to effect a rescue, and how unpleasant
life in zero G really is.
I've been looking into this since the 70's when I
first became a conspiracy theorist over the political
shuttle redesign (in committee) where they divided
it into two parts so it could be in Florida AND Louisiana.
(the original was twice as big and all the fuel was in the wings, no external tank to shed a piece of ice and cause catastrophic loss of life later
(but politicians know best don't they) )
So I've been sniffing around for the hidden why of it all
for many years, and here is my theory.
The dream was suppressed because of fear
In my opinion anyway.
I'm still nervous about speculating openly about this.
It has no context.
It's so far outside the normal perspective on society that it almost seems to lack motivation to most who hear it.
The fear is that a fundamentalist Cult goes to orbit, nukes the world, then returns to repopulate.
This is the hidden motive that, I feel, is behind the suppression of the space dream. So much that it shouldn't even be possible for someone to
conceive of such a thing. That such an idea is even a factor, or even exists in any way.
AND THAT is the pop culture world we live in this day.
Dystopian science fiction
I'm tired of dystopian futures.
It seems like the 50's sci-fi was more optimistic.
It is the very rare scene in the modern Sci-fi that shows a bright future.
It's a tired out thesis.
Sci-fi seems to think it's job it to take one of this day's problems,
project it into the future and magnify it to some horrible proportions.
edit on 29-9-2013 by mikegrouchy because: (no reason given)