Every time this subject comes up on Slashdot there is an overwhelming amount of negativity. âoeWe canâ(TM)t go.â âoeWe shouldnâ(TM)t go.â âoeItâ(TM)s impossible!â âoeYou would die there.â âoeIt will never happen.â âoeItâ(TM)s all smoke and mirrors.â âoeSolve Earth problems first.â âoeItâ(TM)s too expensive!â On and on and on you go, whining all the way. And your objections are silly. âoeWell, has anyone thought about food?â Seriously? You think no one has THOUGHT about food? âoeBut thereâ(TM)s no atmosphere!â Really? Like they donâ(TM)t know that?
What the Hell is wrong with you people? You need to turn in your Slashdot membership cards and decoder rings. Where is your sense of adventure? Where is your sense of a future? Staring at screens in the basement writing obscure code? If the ancients had attitudes like yours no one would ever have dared to cross a raging river, much less a vast ocean. It would have been deemed âoetoo dangerousâ with âoeno useful outcome.â They would have stayed in their caves and never ventured forth, never left Olduvai Gorge because, you know, something bad might happen or we havenâ(TM)t figured out all the angles yet. Besides, there might be dragons.
Every single one of the objections here is a solvable engineering problem. ALL of them. Technically there is nothing that cannot be solved here. Itâ(TM)s all possible. If you donâ(TM)t think so, then I feel sorry for you and your lack of vision and faith that these issues CAN be solved even if they are unsolved today. As for your attitudinal problems, those people who say, âoeI donâ(TM)t want to go therefore you shouldnâ(TM)t either.â Please get the fuck out of the way. Itâ(TM)s not your call. There are plenty of people who want to go regardless if to you the circumstances would result in death on a distant planet. Whatâ(TM)s the difference? Youâ(TM)ll die, too. If youâ(TM)re atheistic, youâ(TM)re dust in both places. If you believe in the hereafter, it shouldnâ(TM)t matter. Whereâ(TM)s the beef?
Thereâ(TM)s one simple reason we should go no matter what the odds, no matter what the opposition. It will double our chances as a species. If youâ(TM)re one of those self-loathing humans who think we all deserve to die, well, go kill yourself first. We need to get off this planet before the next asteroid hits. No, not everybody. Most everyone will die. No equality here. If a few survive, we did it. And thatâ(TM)s not all. We need to get out of this solar system. That makes Mars look like a holiday drive to the ocean cabin, but ultimately, unless we can harness the Sun to do our bidding, thatâ(TM)s what we have to do.
If you donâ(TM)t want to do that, if you donâ(TM)t want to participate, thatâ(TM)s just fine. Itâ(TM)s not required that you have the vision and the drive to get there. You can just stay here and whatever it is that makes you happy. But the first rockets to leave for mars will surely do so within our lifetimes, so you can go from saying, âoeIt will ever happen.â To saying, âoeThis is sheer folly and will never work.â So when you lay dying knowing full well that the first ships made it, and there are people on Mars, you can console yourself for being so very smart knowing you had the presence of mind to stay on shore.