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Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Where else would manking go?
Contributed to the "Will the human race ever populate another planet?" topic on Love to Lead.

Have you ever watched someone look at the stars? The wonder, the longing, the warmth you can see in their eyes? Maybe it is some mystic belief, maybe a foretelling, but where else will the human race go when Earth is full?

Some would argue we are technologically challenged. Some would simply say “why bother?” But getting to live on different planets is simply a next step in the long and winding road of human kind evolving. At the rate we are growing in numbers, where else would we go? Underwater colonies are a solution, but limited still.

To see this, the first thing one has to do is rid themselves of short term perspectives. Yes, it might not happen in this lifetime or in the next hundred of years. But 3,000 years later? Who knows? Maybe we will find human race trapped in an immense collection of universes such as Frank Herbert has predicted in his Dune series.

Humans tend to be self destructive, true. We should then all thank Mother Nature, providence, or some other higher power of choice for creating life in such an adaptive and survivor-cut manner. No matter what cataclysm, no matter what weapons we turn on each other, there will be remaining traces of our civilization. And the aim to further grow will keep us going. Like the remains of fallen empires that helped new empires grow.

What is common knowledge is that mankind can never be content with what we have already achieved. We need to find out more, to answer our unlimited questions, to keep wandering on our never-ending road through new worlds. Therefore, if some identify the other planets and other galaxies as future targets, future frontiers to expand, one day it will all come true.

To see the article and vote it on Love to Lead, go here.

Tag: Space, Planets, Galaxies, Future, Mankind

posted by Alina @ 9:22 AM  
  • At 1/09/2007 9:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The further you go up the chain of power, the more you notice a "Shoot now, shoot later, then maybe ask questions, ponder giving a reason for your actions, shoot some more after" (ok, maybe it's a bit over the top, to get my idea straight). What I dread about human colonies on other planets is humans themselves. We might not recognize an alien species when we meet it, we might arrive on a planet that's still in its' infant life-appearing years, and we'll stop its development (we might even unwillingly start a chain reaction when we first land) etc. And what about the so called terraforming process (that is part of the current project of colonizing Mars)? You find a planet, you deem it to be dead, but compatible to Earth, so you modify its atmosphere, temperature and even ecology (where applicable) to make it habitable by humans, regardless of what the planet might have spawned on its own, given the chance (and enough time). We'll be the creators of Descolada, and that's a thought I very much despise (those of you who haven't read OSC, or have but still don't know what I'm talking about - highly improbable, though - click here.

  • At 1/09/2007 10:06 AM, Blogger Alina said…

    Ryan that is true, we might alter some steady process on different planets. We might be careless. However, that is a point to consider, not to stop us. I think we should first observe different worlds, get to know them and only then try to inhabit them. Maybe after our experience with Earth, we pay more attention to protecting our new homes.

  • At 1/09/2007 1:57 PM, Anonymous NetBoy said…

    Mankind is obviously going to perish in the next few thousand years, there is no chance of human positive evolution given the current context and the current demographic growth... We are only getting bigger and slower as a species every moment while the last century was all about rapid development.

    I certainly hope Einstein to be right, and the day when our humanity would surpass our technology to come, but we should ask ourselves what "humanity" really means, because if it stands for our impulse of destruction and anarchy it may not be what is best for the survival of the human race.

  • At 1/09/2007 2:11 PM, Blogger Alina said…

    I am not so sure about this perishing theory. Yes, maybe we need a rougher wake up call than some would want, but I doubt we can persist for that long in our own stupidity.

    As for humanity, our attraction to destruction is, I believe, what keeps us from evolving even more. But I am sure it will not be the curse to bring our end. The arguement is simple: plague, falls of great nations, war, we have survived it all until now. We might have deleted it from our counsciousness, but the depths of our minds still know survival.

  • At 1/09/2007 2:16 PM, Blogger Alina said…

    BTW, I always get errors when trying to comment on your blog. Any idea why? Or do you actually get the comments?

  • At 1/10/2007 12:47 AM, Blogger bart said…

    my dear, my own answer awaits in a way i'd hardly imagined... it brought me much laughter but also so much sadness because how can one consider the needs of beings outside our own reference system... it defies explanation i'm afraid....

  • At 1/10/2007 12:53 AM, Blogger bart said…

    perhaps it's called love.... living alongside and considering others outside of one's own considerations... perhaps love is more universal than one might suspect....

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