Beyond Earth: Survival of the Species
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Beyond Earth: Survival of the Species

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Survival of the human race upon Earth has been constant competition for resources. Technology has enabled us to extract resources with remarkable efficiency and raised the quality of life for all. Just 200 years ago, the population of Earth was just over a billion people. Technological advances have enabled us to support a much larger population, and in 200 years, the population has bloomed to 7.7 billion people. Our species have made significant advancements, but we find ourselves at a crossroads in our development. The Earth’s resources are finite, and its space for animal husbandry and arable land for crops is also limited.

Wars have been a plague of humankind throughout the history of our species. Almost without exception, wars start over resources. As our ability to extract resources has increased, wars have lessened, but that is simply the calm before the storm. Once we deplete the planet’s resources and scarcities abound, we will see a resumption of widespread conflict, and many will die. We can’t hope to sustain the rapid trajectory of population growth we have witnessed over the last two hundred years. Something will break under pressure, and the result will be heartache and misery for many.

Our Future.

As a species, we are ingenious and innovative. We have built a remarkable civilization in a comparably short period. We’ve dabbled in space exploration. We’ve gone to the moon and even have a rough plan in place to visit Mars. Private enterprises have also begun competing to get to space and are spearheading innovation and development of our species abilities to navigate beyond the confines of this planet. We’ve accomplished too much to allow a competition for resources to drive us to extinction.

Dreams are the foundations on which we build our future. The survival of the human race lies in the cosmos. We can terraform other worlds, though that ability has not matured. Humanity must look to the future and realize the only future that ensures survival is one in which we populate the cosmos. Life is a risk, and to seize opportunities, we must be bold. Inherent dangers abound in post-Earth colonization ventures. That risk is counterbalanced by the even greater risk of remaining stagnant and imprisoned on Earth.

It is not a question of if but when we go extinct as we most certainly will if we remain isolated in one world. We are builders, explorers, scientists, and innovators. Humans are the architects of the future and the futures of their children. We owe it to ourselves and those that came before us to survive, thrive, and grow. Man has always looked to the stars with a sense of wonder and hope for the future. Though his reasons for doing so were widely varied, he was looking in the right place all along. Our future lies above in the stars and the objects that primitive man called heaven. We exist to do great things, survive and overcome adversity. So let’s embrace space exploration because it is our one great hope, the one thing that ensures the survival of generations to come.

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