Mars as MacGuffin

Right. So NASA found water on mars. Does that mean that we should try to go there? Isn’t it enough to send robots there?

Al Wenger offers an argument for going. The main point is that colonizing mars would start a new storyline. It would help us understand certain aspects about who we are that are hard to understand while we stew in our own juices here on earth.

Whether you agree with Al or not, you should agree that we need strong storylines to see us through the next time periods. If we do not create them, we allow a dangerous vacuum to form. And in that vacuum, others will develop their own stories that may not be constructive. Isn’t that what terrorism is?

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