When I hear people’s vision for the future of humanity include colonizing other worlds, I think about the movie ‘The Day The Earth Stood Still’. That before we export our civilization off of this planet, we get a public visit from a superior benevolent species that will explain that the universe would rather not have us there quite yet. That as long as we confine our self destructive tendencies to our planet, and others are not likely to be included in the subsequent disaster, we can continue in peace, so to speak.
We pollute our air, water, and soil.
We eradicate other species with amazing voracity.
We kill each other for looking different, acting different, and having a different supernatural sky daddy. We kill each other over resources, that could otherwise be shared if killing people was not so profitable. We risk annihilation of society with weapons of mass destruction.
We want cheap energy to the point where we generate waste that will not be safe for hundreds of thousands of years, even if we had a good place to store it.
We do it almost entirely for profit. And we can’t seem to get together and stop it, so it just gets worse. So, naturally, we want to take it on the road.
We are taking a beautiful planet and are on our way to turning it into something that can no longer support us. Not because there are too many of us, but simply from greed and our inability to properly manage it. Unfortunately, the idea that we are going to go off-world and not bring these self-destructive tendencies along, is not realistic. Finding another planet to get off of this one is only admitting that we have lost the battle to keep humanity from destroying this planet, and that leaving is our only hope. Hoping, as we head out to space in a desperate attempt to keep ahead of the destruction we leave in our wake, that we will grow out of this ‘stage’ we’re in before it’s too late. Not admirable in the least.
Hopefully we will pull back from the cliff and fix ourselves before we spread it. I won’t hold my breath, even if it may be a good idea. Especially since most people have no idea of the source nor a clue as to how to stop it.