People are not cattle. They cannot be driven. They must be led. You explain to them why it is better to go where you are going and they will follow. This is true power. Few have ever had it.
Alexander the Great brought in the world of Hellenism. The old world was dying for something new, and Greek attitudes were a welcome change. The US government had little to do with winning the West, but there was open land that mankind had not seen the like of since the beginning in Sumeria. These are only examples.
On the whole this old world is tired of the same old thing. But the planet does not give us a new undiscovered continent. China rolls in fabulous wealth again like in the days of old Cathay. But they do not have the technological background of America; and sadly America, like much of the West, wallows in its self indulgence and garners inspiration from things which entertain it– often obsolete SCI-FI.
The future is not space but what lies beyond it– just as the future for the old world was not the oceans but the land that lay beyond it. Entertainment driven “futurism,” about as coherent as late night liquid logic, touts the glories of Mars as our first step. The shortsightedness in this is staggering. Mars is a dead planet, like our moon, and is good only for mining or like Antarctica a place for a scientific station to sit around and waste money.
True futurism is based on knowledge and the vision which empowers that knowledge to take the logical and efficient steps.
1, We now are on the threshold of quantum longevity, the knowledge and ability to extend lifespans to hundreds of years until they reach the biblical spans recorded for the Patriarchs.
2, Alcubierre’s warp drive is now proven. We can control space and time. We now have the means to reach other planets in other solar systems in the same amount of time as pioneers crossed the Atlantic or Pacific 400 years ago.
Both of the above help in terra forming a planet if it is not already suitable and, indeed, help us to determine suitability.
Basic problems to overcome–
1, The perfection of the warp drive with a craft within it.
2, Artificial gravity in space flight if it is not a byproduct of the warp bubble.
While all other steps are being made to physically get mankind to other planets, the perfection of a craft within the warp drive is number 1. When that is accomplished, probes can be sent out to the other solar systems for searching for a suitable planet and for photographing. Other probes must be sent out to monitor space in between what will become major Spaceways. The warp drive does not create another dimension and therefore collisions can occur with space debris. In essence, probes must be used like iceberg patrols in the days of the North Atlantic crossings.
When a suitable planet is discovered within the habitable zone of a star (and preferably with slightly greater gravity or a water vapor canopy), probes can be used to monitor the planet’s revolution around its sun in order to detect any weather variables that could be dangerous. If the planet needs terra forming, then probes can carry the necessary bacteria to the surface to commence soil fertility and still later carry seed to the surface.
What I have laid out only in outline above ARE the small steps. We are still crawling when doing this. Compared to some basic rocket trip to Mars, what I have outlined seems megalomaniacal, but it isn’t. It is within our grasp. It also is logical. When Europe burgeoned with people and the new world beckoned no one planned massive trips to Antarctica. It is a dead continent, and in like manner Mars is a dead planet of little interest in true futurism.
After the small steps above, the great problems will come with transport of people and animals. At the same time the charting of Spaceways to other planets will be ongoing and the selection of valuable mining operations on dead planets.
Naturally at this same time we have to be in a position to build great spaceships in space, which means mining operations off the moon and facilities thereon for construction in the weightlessness of the moon’s lesser gravity.
But we must face terra forming this planet. Longevity will clearly be affected on other planets; for those most ideal noticeably so. It will be especially apparent in those children sired in the new conditions, born and raised past puberty.
In future posts we can touch on that here. What I wish to make clear here is that all these steps above are baby steps. To colonize other planets based on popular knowledge about what is ideal on Earth or prophesied in live action cartoons is anti-science. Rather it must be based on the collective knowledge of several fields of learning that have given us the ideals of which we are capable of creating.
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Since 1990 Gian J. Quasar has investigated a broad range of mysterious subjects, from strange disappearances to serial murders, earning in that time the unique distinction of being likened to “the real life Kolchak.” However, he is much more at home with being called The Quester or Q Man. “He’s bloody eccentric, an historian with no qualifications who sticks his nose into affairs and gets results.” He is the author of several books, one of which inspired a Resolution in Congress.