Is It Worth Getting Out Of The Nest, Baby Bird Humanity?

 

I know, I know. We have to ask these questions in public, for all those who haven’t thought about it, don’t care about it, or think the future of humanity off this planet is a science fiction pipe dream.

Sure, it’s a bit of a pipe dream. Because getting a significant and sustainable human presence into space — onto asteroids, moons, other planets, into artificial habitats — is still an endeavor that is on the edge of our capabilities. It’s an expensive undertaking, because we’re very busy with resource-intensive activities like war and selling things to each other and making sure we have ample infrastructure and funding to support sports events.

And nobody wants to grow up and leave home. It’s a big fat pain in the ass. It’s easier to stay. And stagnate. And eventually be buried in the comfortable, familiar back yard in the shadow of a progressively older and less comfortable home.

I think it’s better if we get out there. I understand if some of you don’t. I just think you’re on the wrong side of future history and common sense. We, as a species, cling to the familiar — but we are also explorers and wanderers and have been for many thousands of years. While individuals may be happy to stay home on Earth, and that’s fine, opening up the frontier of the rest of the solar system opens a psychological gate; we have no real frontiers left on the planet for the disaffected to run to. Having frontiers again, just knowing they’re there, would probably relieve a lot of the feelings many of us angrily have, of being trapped. Being able to actually get off Earth if one is so inclined would be equally if not more helpful.

And those resources floating around up there can help Earth, too. It might be nice to shut down heavily-polluting rare earth metal mines in our backyard in favor of importing them from asteroid mines that don’t have ecologies around them to worry about, for example.

But I could rant on this subject all day — I’ll go ahead and give you a break here.

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I write about my science fiction and fantasy writing--and plenty of other things--at sabarton.com

Posted on November 19, 2015, in Rant, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Aloha,
    This speculation is fascinating–especially your concept of once again providing a sense of frontier for the disaffected. I started to wonder whether or not this is the first time in human history that we don’t have the concept of frontier to dream of or bounce ideas around. Maybe that’s why we see so much more rage, and maybe, even deeper, this is the psychological source of terrorism. Nothing is angrier and more desperate than a trapped animal. When I was nine years old we put people on the moon. Today’s children have no such sense of wonder, of an amazing accomplishment by united human action. If I didn’t read so much sf, I think I’d be one of the disaffected! Thanks so much for a provocative piece.

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