It's personally rewarding but as a species it's just pissing in the wind.
... and exactly what is "good" for a mindless
aggregate like a species, and
why should I care?
I don't even agree that infinite personal
accumulation of tradeable resources (money)
is personally rewarding. At some
point, you reach a level of diminishing returns.
Nonetheless, money is how we decide how to
allocate resources, and space at today's
prices takes an incredible amount of it.
I would posit that anything that furthers the
ability of the earthbound to leave the earth is to
Why? What's so good about leaving Earth? Beyond
your personal, aesthetic desire to see it happen,
By the way, although it's not central to my
argument, I don't see these very artificial
projects as really making it much, if any,
anybody but hand-picked astronauts to go to
space, now or in the future.
But all this presupposes that we're only destined to infest this planet. That the fate that awaits us is bounded by our atmosphere. But if there is no hell below us and above us only sky, then the sky is the limit. I don't think of the colonisation of space as the rats fleeing the ship, it's the pioneers of a new frontier, stepping from extra-terrestrial stone to stone. The natural evolution of our expansion on earth.
... but why is this infinite expansion
good? Not only why do you want to see it, but
why do you expect other people to see it as
good? Your very choice of the word "infest"
makes me think of a reasonless, soulless hive,
expanding for no reason other than to expand.
If our purpose in life is what we make it
(which I believe it would be even if there
were a God), then we get to choose
our goals. We don't have to follow some idea
of manifest destiny. We can do what we want,
and, if you want other people to share your
desire to go to space, you have to convince
Or are we just going to spend the next millennium, like the last inextricably tending towards our own oblivion, all the while doing inconsequential things; waging tribal wars, reading crap novels, making crap soap operas, searching the net for pr0n and playing crap computer games?
That's a specious argument based on cheap
shots. I could write a paragraph asking why
we should spend the next millennium like
the last however many, mindlessly expanding
our range, entering new territory not
fundamentally different from the old, ignoring
our intellectual, emotional, and spiritual
development in favor of mindless expansion
and false exploration.
Why should people care about the sort
of exploration and expansion you want? Why
is it good?
Especially, why should one be in such a hurry
to do it, when a short wait will make
it infinitely easier? The human race has managed
to live on Earth for hundreds of thousands
of years so far. Another 50, or 100, or 1000,
isn't going to make any difference in any
grand destiny. What's your rush?
happen naturally when the technological base
is there, and there are all kinds of forces
driving the technological base forward. I don't
think people could stop the technology from
appearing even if they wanted to.
Soon enough, those who want to go will
be able to do so, without burdening others.
Why force it?
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