December 6, 2016

HUMAN NATURE IS NOT GEOLOGY:

The greatest threat to the colonization of 'Mars' is no surprise (EMILY BICKS, DECEMBER 5, 2016, Screener)

Thus far, every minute spent watching "Mars" has been beautifully humbling. The unified goal of the docuseries, in which the entire planet joins hands in a shared mission, is a venture which finally makes things such as race, nationality, gender, etc., totally irrelevant. It's awe-inducing. We are all the same: Earthlings. And we are all looking for ways to both preserve and improve human life.

Watching the people on "Mars" -- each representing the most intelligent minds on Earth -- spar with each other is infuriating. The matters in which they are pulling rank, and making decisions based on ego not science, could have catastrophic repercussions. Why even colonize Mars, if we're only going to ravage it with things that are already ailing Earth?

We talked about this at length with Stephen Petranek, on whose book ("How We'll Live on Mars") the series is based: "We need to establish a governing system, decide who owns what land. Is it all free territory? There has to be some sort of governing system in place."

As more people and privately owned space companies establish roots on Mars, these questions become exponentially more important. If these questions are left unanswered, Mars may see its first planetary war sooner rather than later.

Petranek quotes this little known fact from NASA's website in his book: "The mineral wealth resident in the best of asteroids between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter would be equivalent to about 100 billion dollars for every person on Earth today." Petranek dubs the colonization of Mars as "the next Gold Rush" -- and there are roughly 8 million Earthlings who if they had any misgivings about traveling to Mars, upon learning this information, would jump on the next available spaceship.

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