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We as a spacefaring humanity

We as a spacefaring humanity

A Story by Of Stars and Whales and Sam Bova
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“You cannot yet know of the spectacular everything beyond this door…you can guess, but you’re wrong and you’ll never be right.”

These are the words plastered upon the door which separates humanity from the rest of the universe. Yet, naturally as humans we want to know what we cannot know.

So, we look to the stars, dreaming of becoming a spacefaring species, multi-planetary, and populating every corner of the universe.

By nature, man is a dreamer, a wanderer. So dream! Devote yourself to an idea, and make it happen. But we must not get lost by the dreams which are unnecessary and prudent, those that offer glory by success but leave us running astray from the things that really matter.

It is, in fact, impossible to look beyond the capabilities of the human mind and into a whole new reality, beyond the known and into the unknown, beyond the reach of proof and into belief, beyond where the sun merges the sea and into infinity.

And as far as our place amongst the stars: we’re still here. We’re all still here, on Earth, going about our days. We aren’t obliged to leave, either. We aren’t obliged to become a multi-planetary society. The alternate planet we search for, to colonize, is one with great resources and a healthy environment; that planet is Earth, except we’ve wasted the resources and polluted the environment.

The resources we need can and should be limitless. Everything we need to survive reproduces, by brilliant design. Water comes from the sky to fill our glasses. Plants leave their seeds to grow again. Animals make babies. Simple.

Leaving Earth would be like this: a man has a huge flat screen TV, and though he uses it constantly, it never shuts off, it never breaks. But then the man gets angry with his TV because it doesn’t have the channels he wants, so he throws a brick at it and it smashes into little pieces. So then what does he do? He searches for a replacement, as if he deserves another one after treating the first with such little care.

This is like an attempt to colonize another planet. It’s not something which has to happen; it’s not necessary in reality, it’s just a wild dream for the purposes of exploratory and romantic zeal.  We’d swim forever, fighting the tide which holds us back until the light that keeps us going fades away. And there are much more valuable dreams to be dreamed here on Earth.

There’s no need to go looking for another planet to colonize. What we should be worrying about is taking care of our own planet, first and foremost. Those who are looking elsewhere for the future of humanity are looking for a planet with great abundant resources, a healthy atmosphere, and plenty of space…right? Well, I’ve found it. We’re here. We’re home. It’s a planet called Earth.

The thing is, we can’t understand beyond our own understanding. Looking for a planet that can take care of our many needs as Earth can is like spending billions of dollars to shine a flashlight into the ocean to try to see the bottom, or spending years trying to guess the number of grains of sand on a beach. Quite literally it’s like trying to understand the lengths of the universe, or the secrets of it; the secrets which connect everything and make it make sense. We can’t possibly fathom it.  

The Earth is indeed a perfect system to prolong our survival. We don’t need to leave this planet which sustains life, as far as we know, better than any other…we just need to cleanse the mess where it is most messy. Other than that, we need do no more.

We don’t need to go journeying into the stars. Let’s instead go journeying out to the shores of the sea in the evening, when the sun wells up within the sky and merges with the ocean in what looks like a drop-off into eternity. Let’s instead do that, instead of venturing, lost, into the unknown.

Seeing beyond the surface of the known and into the unknown is impossible; well in fact it is possible, but that’s called believing.

We see the surface of the sea of black that is space. And we have been lucky enough to have gone a single inch into the million miles of space, touched foot on the provider of our darkness light. We also have technology to navigate the universe through a computer. But there is much that we we cannot see, under the grey and black fold of space.

A couple years ago, I was somewhat interested in black holes. I thought maybe they were portals to another universe, something of the sort. But I did research on them, and found that, if a person were to fall into a black hole, they would be spaghettified, stretched out almost forever and lost in an eternity of time. They would really be in two different places at one time; reality split in two, spacetime distorted. This is the human theory, of course; nobody has ever fallen into one.

So, I then thought this: What if we could bend the system of these black holes? If a person was going to be spaghettified, why couldn’t they be spaghettified and maintained? If they literally become apart of the universe, why couldn’t they find themselves spit out somewhere on the other side of it? If they were in multiple places at once, beneath the grey and black fold of the universe, couldn’t they find their way out somewhere, perhaps light years away? Of course, these questions make zero sense, as they shouldn’t; we can’t begin to make sense of the universe.

Now, no disrespect to Neil Armstrong, but stepping foot on the moon was really just one small step for man, and yet still yet still just one small leap for mankind…that is, if you think of it in comparison to how much more there is in the universe. It of course still was a major scientific accomplishment, and perhaps someday we will gain the technology to go even further into the universe; but the thing is, we don’t need to. We have everything we need right here.

After all that black hole thought, I realized this: we can’t understand any of this, and we don’t need to. We all have a purpose on this Earth. We won’t need to be anywhere else in the universe when our corpses commence, when we begin our scintillate path to the other side of the stars. We just need to be united with one accord, “as the powerful play goes on.”

Life offers us hope in many ways here on Earth: there is hope where the sun merges with the sea atop the shimmer of the blue, there is hope given through the music of the forest as a creek trickles down a slope, there is hope as an eagle soars above the clouds.

We don’t need to be anywhere else when we’re needed here.

Many people think we need to leave Earth in order to escape the troubles of humanity on this Earth, if not just for exploratory or romantic zeal. But these troubles they speak of are a product of people thinking life is meant to be troubled, a product of wasting the perfect living system, as far as our planet goes, that we’ve obtained, a product of mankind’s internal problems constantly furthering themselves from alleviation. Really, we’re all just humans trying to find that dream within ourselves, trying to find ourselves. The world is troubled because sometimes, in life, we feel surmounted by the massive weight of an infinite sea which we cannot understand, crashing upon us. These things that happen are life; some last but a day, some, much longer, and some things never change. But what can change is what we choose to do on this Earth with the time that is given to us.

We can look and ponder the beauty of the stars, the eternity beyond where the sun merges with sea, the grace of a whale, or a dolphin, leaping out of the water, silhouetted against the yellow sun; such is the beauty of our world. We can sit and ponder and guess. But we’re wrong and we’ll never be right.


© 2017 Of Stars and Whales and Sam Bova



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I like the thought of this story: fixing our planet instead of moving to another to mess up. However, I was really looking forward to a space colonization guide!

IN all seriousness, though: stream of conscious really works well with this type of writing. I hope you release more like it.

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I like the thought of this story: fixing our planet instead of moving to another to mess up. However, I was really looking forward to a space colonization guide!

IN all seriousness, though: stream of conscious really works well with this type of writing. I hope you release more like it.

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

This is great. I concede with you in many of these thoughts and ideas. Sometimes I look at the immensity of the universe and laugh at the human's idea of conquering it, especially when I compare our sizes. But it is still a wonder to watch them do so, as much as the universe itself. Great job!

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

This was neat. You stated your case well.
I both agree and disagree with you.
I agree that there is most certainly no place like home, but why not explore the unknown? Earth was once unknown itself. When the New World was discovered, I'm sure there was someone just like you who said: "Why go there? It's impossible to colonize it. We should stay where we are."

Man doesn't know that which is impossible unless he first tries to do it.

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

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Wow that was amazing! It really goes in depth into your argument. People may not agree with everything, but that is just the nature of people. You stated your side very well. I love how you showed the beauty of earth.

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Of Stars and Whales and Sam Bova

9 Months Ago

Thanks so much!
i did like it. the topic however has many angles to explore. We have all heard the Man bad, Earth good Gaia worship propaganda. I would have liked you to introduce maybe a fresh perspective. Maybe introduce a question since we are talking about colonization about intergalactic climate change, (which is happening by the way and kind of shoots down the idea that capitalism and industry are the evil problem). Try to dig deep and think critical on this great issue of our time. start by following the money. Press yourself.

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I liked this. You did a very good job writing your well thought out opinions passionately and refinedly. I'd say I disagre with you, and agree with what ajmilton said, but that doesn't change the quality of your writing.

The article seemed to flow well at some points, but others it seemed to flow too well and get off topic. It read like a speech or presentation, which might be what you're going for. It all seemed natural to read aloud, which can be tough for writing. There were some minor punctuation errors, but overall it was good.

Posted 9 Months Ago


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aSimpleBard

9 Months Ago

I just read your revisions. It sounded much more professional and well thought out.
Of Stars and Whales and Sam Bova

9 Months Ago

Thanks so much!
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Well, your piece is certainly very topical with the current focus on those who deny the existence of climate change!

I appreciate your arguments, but I would say that loving and protecting our beautiful planet is not a mutually exclusive ideal from wanting to venture into the stars.Yes we should make protecting our planet the #1 priority of all mankind. But man is by nature a dreamer and a wander. I'm not sure we will ever get to the stars, but I see no harm in dreaming of reaching other equally beautiful planets.

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