Monday, October 18, 2010

Why Are We Here?


Among other reasons, because Earth is not humanity's final destination. The only reason we haven't been to Mars already is because we've been unwilling to embrace the virtues required to get there. Yet all we have to do is change our priorities and start trying. That's what opens up a new direction of progress, whether we get to Mars or not, and that's why trying to explore other worlds is a noble goal. It's the striving for something that's really hard to do.

Earth is a great place to live, but that doesn't mean we're never supposed to leave. It's okay if some people don't want to explore, but as a policy for human progress, it just doesn't fly. We didn't wait to solve every other problem on Earth before visiting the Moon, and the same holds true for Mars. It's true that there's no place like home, so among other things, let Earth be the place we come home to celebrate after accomplishing something great.

An amazing voyage awaits us.