I understand the interest by many people in all of this Sanjeet, and there is some capital or benefit as you say! I tend to be more diligent now than in my youth when I didn’t consider any such components or line of thinking to mankind’s reaching into space. But now a real “cost benefit analysis” is mandatory as I see it, in any substantial and in this case massive undertakings by mankind, especially now with so much disruption to financial markets and societal monetary instability around the globe; so I’m very conservative about how I see or consider priorities! But because humankind are screwed as any reasonable person should see by now with humanities collective history, it really is a matter of grave concern as to how we invest greatly needed resources and especially in what! For Elon Musk and others it’s so easy to “talk the talk” because they have the big bucks to “walk the walk” and can influence major players globally!
When we consider what the “Cold War” with the somewhat controlled proliferation of nuclear armaments and the enormous resources that have been outlaid in doing it over the decades, for this so called strategic capability and “balance of power” scheme or global chess game where mankind now has enough nuclear arsenals to fry the planet multiple times over, all in the name of “nuclear deterrence” in this maintaining “the balance of power” where the nations are basically saying to each other; don’t you try taking us out because we will get you for damned sure and you won’t know what hit you! One can readily see that humans are a mentally ill and wicked lot to have to resort to such schemes and wasting so much capital or resources in doing so; to supposedly maintain that ever elusive peace, in this global Madhouse!
“Thus, nuclear deterrence was born, a seemingly rational arrangement by which peace and stability were to arise by the threat of mutually assured destruction (MAD, appropriately enough).”
“Winston Churchill described it in 1955 with characteristic vigour: ‘Safety will be the sturdy child of terror, and survival the twin brother of annihilation.’”
“In his classic The Evolution of Nuclear Strategy (1989), Lawrence Freedman, the dean of British military historians and strategists, concluded: ‘The Emperor Deterrence may have no clothes, but he is still Emperor.’ Despite his nakedness, this emperor continues to strut about, receiving deference he doesn’t deserve, while endangering the entire world. Nuclear deterrence is an idea that became a potentially lethal ideology, one that remains influential despite having been increasingly discredited.” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/14/nuclear-deterrence-myth-lethal-david-barash
And look where we are with Russia and China both looking to expand territory with an ultimate goal of global control while America is not much different in this chess game of maintaining its global influence! Then of course the rogue nations, say like Iran, which has leaders and an ideology that says “bring on the end game” or the Mahdi, to lead us to Allah.
All of that said this is where we arrive, at such an unfortunate demarcation point that we inevitably will have to cross, and why I see “the space race” as also inevitably “another type of cold war!” And in that I see, if all the superpowers can’t end the “nuclear game” totally and “not try to project dominance or control” as they do, then they won’t be considerate about any “potential dominance” to be gained in the “space arena” and not use any such great advantage of momentum achieved with those subsequent advances from it; to then automatically try to dominate or threaten global political stability and it’s over all control! If a nation can get the upper hand they will use it; whoever that will be. So unfortunately it’s another battle in the never ending battle for dominance and control; which as a Christian I believe and know all of this conflict and working within the “wrong paradigm” doesn’t end well for humanity anyway!
“Damned if we do and damned if we don’t,” is the adage that comes to my mind!
Being even more blunt, it is a giant shit sandwich and all the major opponents in “the space race strategic military capability” have to all take a big bite and swallow it no matter how rotten the taste of this game that mankind plays.
Good of you to bring this to the fore and a job well done!
Brother in Christ Jesus,
Lawrence Morra III
I was recently reading this article where the author beautifully describes why investment in space technology and space exploration is necessary, and how it yields benefits for humanity in the short and long run. I should probably mention that I have previously in my posts written extensively about this, and have advocated that astronomy does way more for the people than it is talked about. Many people may think that everything we do in space is a waste of money, and while I can agree with their claims to some extent, it will be very stupid of anyone to believe that Elon Musk is wasting the resources he has at SpaceX to take humanity to Mars.
The article in 4 main headings describes why going to space is beneficial.
- Improving daily life on Earth
- Protecting and preserving democracy
- Enriching science and research
- Satisfying humanity’s need for a frontier
View original post 681 more words