Mars may not seem like an ideal resort to move your family to. However, there are many out there who seek to do just that. It has been a subject of science fiction ever since we realized there was more out in the universe for us to explore. So isn't it only natural that our closest neighbor would be the first place we look to set up shop as well?
Mars-One is seeking to do just that. The process is long and arduous, but it's all in the name of moving us out past the earth and towards the rest of the universe. This is the first baby steps we are taking in order to truly see the universe around us, and experience it beyond just seeing it. Many Star Trek fans know this feeling well. Populating another planet is the first step towards truly being able to traverse the universe.
Those out there who have lost their faith in humanity, and dream of having a place of their own will inevitably be able to do just that when we gain the technology to move beyond humanity's current settlements. It all begins with a group of people with a common interest, setting up shop in an unlikely place. So what exactly does this mean for us as a general populace? Well it means a lot of things.
It gives us something to hope for. Something to put our curiosity and whimsy in. Endeavors like these give us hope for a future beyond the few things we know now. So personally, I am looking forward to a day when we can go visit friends or family on Mars. It may not even be within my lifetime, but it will happen eventually. Even though my life may seem insignificant in the grand scheme of things, I will do my best to spread a love for knowledge and a love for the universe around us.
To inspire curiosity and make people think. Creating an air of scientific wonder and hope that our futures won't always be politics and bills. Perhaps one day, the normal will be for families and friends to get together and find a whole new planet to explore. Instead of vacationing to a place where the locals know the lay of the land, we will vacation to a place where no one has ever been.
And perhaps even find a new home in the process.