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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Sun, Sep. 28th, 2003 02:32 am
Lonely seems like such an...inadequate word.

I was laying in bed, and thinking... and I thought, "What if, right now, we had some major ecological disaster and had to get off the planet and live in space? Could we do it?"

Well, no. We couldn't.

We could, given 10 years notice or so, if we had the manpower and the technology. (Yes, I just pulled that number out of my ass.) But a great many of us would die, and the rest would be scattered throughout the solar system--hell, the local star cluster (assuming we live that long).

Maybe we'd find a place to settle, and maybe we wouldn't. Chances are we wouldn't...which means our species would be confined to a life of wandering the stars inside giant spaceships that would slowly deteriorate until they were nothing more than lifeless hunks of metal.

On the grand scale of things, we're but a speck in the Universe...not even that. We've somehow managed to squeeze 6 billion people onto this crazy little planet, and we don't even have a way of getting off it in an emergency.

The Universe is a very unforgiving place; and we are but collections of complex molecules interacting in highly improbable ways. It would not be wise for us to forget that.

IMHO probability says that the human race will die out...it's only a question of when, and how. We as a species are lonely enough as it is; I'd hate to see it happen while we're scattered to the winds, running from a planet that kicked us out the door of its own volition.

-- Des

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teskomayaku
http://minty.isurf.ca
Sun, Sep. 28th, 2003 05:20 am (UTC)

you reaaaaaaaaally need to get laid. when thoughts of world destruction enter the head, its never good!

we are but collections of complex molecules interacting in highly improbable ways. It would not be wise for us to forget that.

NO, YOU'RE WRONG, GOD MADE US... I CAN'T PROVE IT AT ALL BUT I HAVE THIS BOOK YOU SHOULD READ WHICH DOES GIVE SOURCE REFERENCES BUT I KNOW ITS TRUE!!!!*BLAM* *BLAM* *BLAM* sorry, seems jesus hijacked my body for a moment...


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happy_christian
happy_christian
Stephanie
Sun, Sep. 28th, 2003 05:38 am (UTC)

Wow. Very thought provoking. As humans, we are screwed no matter what happens. *nods* *hugs*


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robsnonjournal
Rob
Sun, Sep. 28th, 2003 09:47 pm (UTC)
A story to think upon

Passages in the Void

The Passage Home


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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Sun, Sep. 28th, 2003 10:45 pm (UTC)
Re: A story to think upon

I didn't know you read K5.

They were...very thought-provoking. I'll be saving these someplace.

I guess the thing is, I think humans are really too stupid to build machines like that in the first place. Not stupid in the sense that we lack the capability...but stupid in the sense that we won't ever realize the need for them until it's too late. That is what concerns me, even more than whether or not we theoretically have the capability.

I don't know. These are problems that will have to be faced long after I'm gone. I just hope that humanity will do the Right Thing(tm) when it's time.


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robsnonjournal
Rob
Mon, Sep. 29th, 2003 08:11 pm (UTC)
Re: A story to think upon

I read lots of things. Hell there are not many places on the internet that I haven't seen.

The problem with your thinking is that it is too short term, which is exactly why I recommended those stories. Think big, think long term.

You are right that as of today we could do nothing about impending world destruction. But consider this, when my parents were born mankind had never launched anything into space ever.

In under thirty years we went from nothing in space at all to landing men on the moon and launching the voyager probes which are the first man made items to leave our solar system. Thirty years after that we have GPS, several mars missions, Galileo, the Hubble telescope, we just launched a ion drive probe and countless other technological wonders.

Sure we don't have faster than light travel, flying cars, robots and other things that Science Fiction has promised us, but when you step back and take a small look at the big picture (things that have happened in our tiny lifetimes) there has been an amazing amount of continual progress.


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