Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Earth vs. Off Earth

I tried to leave the following response in the comments section (in reply to TK/"Why Are We Here?") but am yet again being locked out by own website. It worked once before, so why it isn't now is a mystery. Nonetheless, I'd like to say this:

Fixing our problems "down here" always seems more pressing because Earth is where we live. But when we look at all the waste of time and resources that causes those problems, we see that it doesn't have to be that way. Our time and resources could be used monumentally better from top to bottom. It's within our power to change that, so it doesn't have to be one or the other. We can fix things "down here" while also exploring things "up there." We should never let our terrestrial problems blacken the vision of our extraterrestrial future. I think we humans have it in us to make the Earth better, while also expanding our understanding of its place in the universe and how we relate to it. Explorers can't wait for everyone else to create paradise first. They must blaze the trail so the settlers can follow, even if none do. Earth will not always be the only planet humans live on. There will be problems on every world we inhabit, but also people to solve them. I think we owe it to the pioneers of the past to carry that same spirit forward so they can.