In the future, private space companies, automation, and clean energy producers leading the way, we could put our factories in space instead of on our planet. Small space stations, powered by sunlight and ruled by maritime law, could let us outsource the pollutants that poison our earth. The gasses could be released and dispersed into space and the particulates could be collected and recycled into energy, materials, or stored in harmless matter.
Please? Can we stop hurting each other long enough to make this happen?
Too much violence is happening in our world because people think they have to take from each other to survive. They think they have to take lives because there aren’t enough resources on our planet for everyone. This is the fear that leads to hatred and dehumanization. This is the sort of “love of money” that could be called evil and anti-love.
“The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”, Carl Sagan once said.
Space can handle the factories we need that we can’t on earth. We can prevent polluting our air and water with our industry. Space has the energy we can use to support all of Earth’s people. We can stop the extermination of Earth’s gloriously diverse life. Think of how the species on earth would change in a million years to be enjoyed and studied by our children’s children? We can stop the destruction of the sky and the water. There’s nothing holy about the waste that comes of warring and terrorizing each other. We need everything we have….
Game of Thrones spoilers, but that is what really hit home for me about the White Walkers scene. The White Walkers, impossible to kill without a rare metal, faster and more powerful than humans, rapidly multiply as all the dead would immediately multiply the force of the enemy (because like zombies, people killed by white walkers become white walkers) until it became horrifically powerful. Just like hatred has fought against humanity for all of time.
There’s enough room for all of us, and we need every mind and every life. We need to start treating each other like that. Have you noticed how time is short? People devoted to the same ends add their time together. Death takes time away. The importance of a peaceful and industrious future must be kept in our minds. Or we will add to the dead and the dead will come for us.
It is good to sometimes hold in your mind the intention to be a part of the healing. I know I’ve been hurting from the horrible things that I have been seeing on the news. I think we all feel the radiation of suffering from losing so many people to cruelty and hatred. It is intense for us in this age of pervasive media. We are mourning. If we give into fear, cruelty wins another victim. If we cultivate peace, love, and power in our mourning, we will have the rare metal.