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But the search for life on other planets directly improves our way of living down here. Why not do both? The search is not the problem, if anything the search is what brings us closer to discoveries we’ll need to better the planet. Thank goodness the picture is a photoshop.
I think the value of the search is, well, undervalued frequently because of the endless stream of “What about here?” questions. Indeed, those are obviously important, but what I’m wondering is why there’s a certain fruitlessness associated with the study of worlds outside of our immediate little bubble of our little orbit around our little Sun. There’s a special sense of unity when it comes to research of outer space, but for some reason, our species often tends to produce conflict or disdain for just about anything that doesn’t immediately benefit or cater to us on a personal level. Impatience? Insatiable need for competition? Lack of foresight? Maybe all three. But it can equally be said by some that space enthusiasts who ignore that are idealistic dreamers who torture themselves with thoughts that may never see a tangible outcome. But there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. We need to trust in the cosmos’s vastidity and we have enough scientific proof that it’s worth exploring. Surely any effort to understand something more than ourselves and our world is never a waste of time.
Vastidity. I need to use that word in a sentence by the end of the week.
While I agree with the spirit of this, I think I’m feeling too cynical today. Everything comes down to budgets.
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