We need the frontier... time is short.
This is something I know a little about... and it is more than just a little important.
We... the human race, our existence as it were is dependent on space exploration.
We have a chance but the window is narrow.
On oct 3rd 1942 Wernher von Braun said something that answered a lifetime of experience that started a hope that could actually be achieved "We have just built the first space ship"
They named it the lady in the moon, after a book of potential rocket science written much earlier.
The military saw a weapon, the scientists saw space travel. The Faustian bargain was made.
After the war via Operation Paperclip, The United States became the recipients of this relationship with rocket designers, with a dream, and a truth.
The deal... We will help you design and build what you think is right but the price is to help us build a space ship to go to the moon. and then we hope for all of us... the stars and worlds beyond.
It was always the hope of everyone involved... to instill into the pioneering aspects of a technological culture a desire to explore the stars. Hope
That desire is still with us, America was a good choice for a number of good reasons at that time... Politicians get in the way. Unfortunately it is they that can make or break the culture.
Nations are a double edge sword.
Living in America I am somewhat biased in seeing it as an American push. I am comfortable with that. It makes a country strong and leading edge as it were. There are worse places than the American culture... there are also better people all over the world than any specific nation state. An Individual can see it. A country can't see anything. Its the people who must find a way.
What am I talking about... Time and the big asteroid at some point come together. Either the human race is capable of being somewhere else when that time comes... or we end the journey of collective knowledge and existence at that time.
In a way it is a race. It is not that any one nation does not make it or makes it, as such... it is that we the Humans don't make it.
The ability to go to the stars is something of the ultimate test of a culture.
The earth is of limited resources and an expectation that we can control ourselves in using them with respect for the planet is obviously a concept beyond the realm of most peoples comprehension. Thus I present you the world as it is.
The exploration of space is a long term commitment to knowledge and cooperation of the grandest scale.
The Universe is full of life... but we need to go to them as we are far to dangerous here.
I had such high hopes for that future, I spent many years of my life trying to be a useful part of that quest. Now I look with such disappointment in the collective short sightedness of a people lost in the noise floor of human effort.
But if in the final picture of humanity's vision of itself... if all there is, is war never-ending.
then it must be said that not enough of humanity was ready.
With or without nations... time is passing... there is still time, not much, but enough. Go to the stars, or go nowhere and be forgotten.
The universe is a big place and life is everywhere, It is your task to find it.
Civilizations rise and they fall, its a pattern of human behavior.
As I said, I wish it was an American push of what was best of us, the intellectual aspects of a culture that could see humanity in a better light than just war, we could write it into a set of laws, but too many fail at there execution into the spirit of human behavior.
The correlation of achievement and failure of an entire culture is fully dependent on its ability to get along with the differences between people... such is what it takes to travel to the stars or stay in the perpetual cycle of rise and fall of the entirety of our existence.