This planet that is our home has orbited it’s sun for an estimated four and half billion years, withstood collisions with asteroids, various species extinctions,ice ages, and periods of climatic and environmental changes that were inhospitable to human life, even microbial life.
Never in it’s history has it been threatened by anything other than natural events and conditions until the dawn of the industrial age said to have begun in 1733 with the invention of the first cotton mill, a mere 243 years ago, a blink of an eye in planetary time.
It’s arguable whether order and chaos exist in equal measure or one takes precedence over the other, in human affairs it has become obvious chaos is in ascendency.
Humanity now has the ability to destroy not only itself but the very planet as we know it – this predicated on ideological and religious beliefs, bad enough in and of themselves but with the addition of an unfettered corporate greed and consumer gluttony that has led to an all out assault on the environment a tipping point has been reached if not surpassed.
The earth, our home, doesn’t exist as the result of humankind, the opposite is true, and with the exception of a planet destroying object impact would continue to do so even if this chaos reaches such a point as for human life to cease to exist.
Just as such an impact with a Mars size object led to the formation of our moon and yet the earth continued on it’s circular daily journey.
I think that is a sobering thought – that our existence as a species whether we consider ourselves to be dominant or not is as fragile as every other life form on this planet.
That with the exception of Lemmings few if any other species actively seeks it’s own demise, and none busy thmselves constructing the abyss to that end as man has.
A reality laden with responsibilites not only to ourselves but the very planet that has nutured us.
We’re not going anywhere, that’s the bottomline. There is no other known planet that would be environmentally capable of sustaining us – even if there were it is beyond our reach.
With that being the case I question the value, the wisdom, of pouring billions into spaces programs searching for one when the understanding of our own planet and what
is unfolding is sufficient enough we should be directing such funding to remediating the immediate problems that threaten our very existence.
We search for knowledge and yet ignore the knowledge at hand, what we already know as though there is some pie in the sky cureall in the heavens above us – wishful thinking I’m inclined to believe and if so an ignorance in it’s own right.
But there’s more to this “exploration”, this “conquest” of space, there is a military side to it as well populated by devices to spy, to gain advantage, and dreams of encircling the globe with gravity defying weapons that surpass mere airplanes and earth launched beams or missiles of mass destruction, intregral elements in the chaos recipe.
In this militarization of space the die has been cast, it’s become like holding a tiger by it’s tail, the perception being if you let go you will be devoured, and the very science that would assure you it’s all about the quest for knowledge and finding answers will
continue contributing to the chaos.
Science rails against gods and religions even while attempting to establish itself as the new god and religion, a creator and manipulater of life capable of working miracles with the ability to either heal or destroy, but always benevolent and wishing only the best for it’s children and perhaps one day the “designer babies” it will produce.
I believe if science should succeed in it’s own Crusade humanity will be the worse for it
thinking itself as a scientist once told me to be above any moral considerations or
And yet the benefits of both science and religion in indivudal lives cannot be denied – I
say individual and not organizational as qualification for both have displayed an ability,
perhaps even a penchant to run amok from polgroms and papal bulls to thermonuclear weapons and gene splicing to create glow in the dark puppies or rabbits.
Einstein’s gravitational wave theory has recently been verified – well and good, but of
what tangible benefit will that have upon climate change, polluted rivers, or for the people of Flint, Michigan?
Conversely what difference could the funds and time spent on research to verify this theory have made to the overwhelming pressing everyday needs and problems that exist on a day to day basis or the impoverished and disenfranchised milions upon tens of milions?
I have seen infections and disease cured with antibiotics, and lives ruined by drugs and
alcohol cured by the embrace of spirituality and a religious belief, that has led me to
believe a place exists for science and religion, but the lack of a moral rudder undermines both.