Why do we look for life other than ourselves? Why is humanity fixed on not being alone in the universe? Do we seek a mentor in this universe to teach us what it's really about? Do we seek companionship in this dark empty void? Do we fear what our lives will become when only we remain?
These aren't easy questions to answer. For some, they're not even easy to ask. However, there is still one question that is far more important than any of these: Why can we not seek to understand this life for ourselves? It seems to me that more often than not we as humans are scared to think that we would explore this cosmos by ourselves. I've never understood this mindset. Are there not many things in life we will never truly understand until we see them for ourselves?
I can tell you right now from personal experience this is 100% true. There are many things in life that I am discovering now through experiencing them, that I had thought I'd known simply by seeing or reading about them. I imagine this is the fuel that drives many in the science circles to seek ways to make space travel more commercial for the masses. We may never truly understand the importance of expanding into space until more than a handful of us have experienced it!
No matter how many videos we watch, or articles we read, we'll never truly know the experience of space until we feel it for ourselves. Nor will we truly know what it means to not be alone in the universe until we meet another intelligent life form. Perhaps that's why we seek it so fervently. Will we know what it means until we see it for ourselves? Is it a dangerous gamble? Could we find ourselves in a Halo-esque situation where we finally make first contact only to find they see us as a scourge to be wiped out of existence?
Or could we find ourselves with a great ally in understanding the cosmos, putting our combined efforts together to seek truth and knowledge. Is this gamble worth it? Well, we can't really know for sure until we are all in this together. There are too many of us who don't seek to understand anything past our front doorstep. America is not alone in this problem either. We as a species must figure out what it will take to move us past complacency and towards a prosperous future.
Before this can happen though, we must seek to fix our political problems. Hunger, Famine, Violence, Greed, Corruption, Tyranny, are all real problems we must face. There was a time when we were driven by fear rather than passion. We are now transitioning from that fear, to driving our passions for getting ourselves into space. Our priorities are absolutely ridiculous. We would rather spend money killing others than on seeking a new world.
There was once a time where the New World was what drove the rest of the known world towards new frontiers, new technologies to get to that new world and bring back home everything they could. Greed drove that expansion and yet it is now greed that keeps us from expanding. So now we must ask the ever important question. What must we do to fix our priorities? I think we all need to set our sights on something other than the every day. Remove the complacency and short sightedness, and we will begin to move forward again.