Let us Boldly Go

Gazing at the stars as they glided across the night sky, I find myself wondering who else might be out there.

As always I feel almost as if I am falling through space, and a shudder runs up and down my spine. The never-ending void, filled with a smattering of light, leaves me cold to the core. I torment myself with this vision, but my fascination never ceases.

Might there be another out there on a world not my own who is gazing back at me? Or perhaps our planet is the only to ever have hosted intelligent life.

Filled with such thoughts I let my mind wander, and picture Earth from space, and imagine all the people it holds. Though we are so similar to each other, we strike out at any differences, and wars continue to encompass each continent. They may be little battles between small groups, or they may be between nations, but violence is always there.

Why should we revel in our hatred for each other? It makes little sense for our continued survival. But perhaps that is the point, we only care about our individual survival, or that of our genetics or culture. We wish no other to prevail, so we are urged to eradicate those of other nationalities or viewpoints.

But shouldn’t it be that our fights should be reserved to preserve all of mankind? The differences between us are so small, and yet they can mean the difference between all of our continued survival, or our extinction. Minds continue to arise from places we would not think of, and they put forth new ideas that might lead us down a path of either enlightenment, or scientific discovery.

I say the most immature thing about mankind is our need to fight. The Earth is good and bountiful, there is not need for our wars. If we use our minds to focus on the real problems, there’d be enough for all of us.

If need be, escape away from this turmoil filled planet, and let us seek out a new world. Space is vast, and in all its vastness we could find a new home. Be it inside a biosphere we construct, or on a new planet that we make habitable, there is room. We can spread and be free of our fear of diminishing resources.

Our neighbor Mars offers a place we might use, though it will take immense effort, but there might be other worlds more suitable. Let’s break free from the bonds of Earth and our own hatreds, and create the ability to travel between the stars in our lifetime. It may seem impossible, but so did flying, or travelling to the Moon not so long ago.

I believe in you, humanity. We can do so much. We just need to grow up a little, and we’ll have no worry that we will destroy ourselves.

 

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

 

What I’ve published

poems_front2Deatship - Book 1 of the Outsider SeriesStarship - Book 2 of the Outsider Series

Link to my author page on Amazon – hhttp://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

Update – The third Outsider book worked on. A day like many before it has come. If only… If only.

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.”
― John F. Kennedy

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