Feo: Who will make up the first colonist on Mars

Posted by Feo Amante on Jan 05, 2004 at 10:49

Re: Who will make up the first colonist on Mars (danno might)

Who it won't be and who is left.

Starting from the bottom up -

It won't be some "cult-like charasmatic group" because they can blow hard all they want, but to get to mars and colonize it you need an understanding of science, how it works, and the best way to apply it for life/survival. That leaves the scientologist quacks out (I hope that doesn't wreck my chances of winning their fiction contest though, because money is still money!).

It won't be a commercial enterprise - for the reasons you stated - no investor return in one person's lifetime and altruism doesn't have deep pockets.

It will be the hive mind mentality of a people driven to claim a golden era and thus validate their whacked out politics (like, though not necessarily, China).

It won't be the west (i.e. the U.S.), because there is not a group of national politicians alive in this country with any vision or care for the future of the nation. Everyone without exception (in office at this time) has proven themselves adept at short-sighted, short-term goals that only serve to enrich their own power base.

Democrats and Republicans alike are only interested in short term greed.

So called environmental groups like the Green party have no interest in science or how the ecosystem even works.

Libertarians? How can you take them serious when they don't take themselves serious?

In the west, Science is heavily influenced by politics and diatribe and the pockets that spout it.

So tryanny wins for now.

Sorry to be such a downer.

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