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Introspective from Outer Space

October 19, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

I’m writing this after reading this Bad Astronomy post. This is a photo of the Earth and Jupiter taken by the Mars Global Surveyor in 2003. The MGS was a spacecraft that used to operate around Mars for 9 years, up until 2007. This is how Earth and Jupiter look from Mars:

This is a crop of the original image. I borrowed it from Phil Plait’s post mentioned above. I hope he doesn’t mind.

But viewing the original image gave me one of those curious shivers I usually get when thinking of the vastness of space. Ever had that feeling? It happens when the brain tries to comprehend the size of the universe and realizes it’s really unable to. It’s like your mind gets a buffer overflow.

Pictures like that make me think of how cool it’d be if one day we could travel among the stars like they were the nearest town. Recent talks of water on the moon and plans of colonizing it have rekindled my imagination about living in space. Although cheerful images of growing up on a space colony that look like the suburb next door just on a different planet or setting out to explore new territories for the better of mankind are quickly being replaced by the dark and twisted brain of mine into something more bleak and desolate…

Imagine mankind finally breaks the boundaries of space and a whole new age of advanced commercialized space travel develops. It’s the new age when prospectors set out to explore the darkest corners of the galaxy in search of new resources. Thousands of promising mining colonies are being established wherever men can set their greedy claws upon. Sky is no longer the limit. Resources are abundant. Climate catastrophes no longer pose a threat to human existence. The future never looked more bright for mankind, which takes another giant step. But the plunge into the dark space foretells only a single morbid outcome.

Wealth corrupts once again the heart of man. Large sinister corporations become the only real authority. Men are worn off by hard work. Humanity is drawn back into the dark ages. The dark ages of space. And indifference.

Not a bright future.

In the future of the space age, there is no evil alien race that threatens to wipe out humanity and bring the people’s hearts close together in the process, bringing forth a grand adventure and a happy end. In the future space sets people apart. Families and friendships become a remnant of an obscure past. Art, books and entertainment disappear into the bleak void. Society as we know it disintegrates into the gloominess of space and machines now replace a mother’s love and a lover’s caress. Physical and mental diseases are being treated by the machines and the new man, the great man of the space age, grows into an isolated, misanthrope and egoist creature. Dreary indifference fills the men’s hearts, and the human kind becomes a prisoner in a dungeon that is the infinite freedom of space.

The only sound people hear is the hum of the engines and the beeps of the monitors. The only smell is that of damp and chilly corridors people pass day after day. The only taste is the sourness of dry blood after a hard day’s work. The only feel is of rusty metal bars that barely hold together a decadent space station.

The human kind does not need a natural catastrophe to bring on its demise. It has brought it upon itself, by setting out to space and disintegrating it’s very essence: the human spirit. The human spirit that can bring individual people together in harmony, can sparkle hope in our hearts, can balm our aching bodies and bring a smile upon our faces. But that spirit dwindles in space.

The human race is dead. Physically, it is alive, yes, but in any other perspective it has long perished. And if the illusion of meaning, once devised by great men, has waned a long time ago, what makes a man now more significant than a crater or a rock, even in its own eyes?

  1. October 20, 2009 at 1:12 am

    It is human dark emotions of greed, and lust for power which is leading us on the path of destruction. We need to reach out to each other and into space. If there was an ancient race that visited Earth thousands of years ago, why did they leave. I think they left because of our dark emotions. They did not want their race comtaminated…Contact will happen if we change are ways. The human race is not dead yet. We need to change. Your post was very interesting and I love the part’the human spirit can bring individual people together in harmony, can sparkle hope in our hearts….’ is what we need to change to

    • October 21, 2009 at 1:46 am

      I’m not so sure I agree with you here. Being evil and greedy can sure lead individuals – and entire people, on occasion – to destruction, but it’s indifference that can really break down societies. If each one of us simply looks the other way when facing the greedy or selfish forces in our society instead of trying to eradicate them, what binds us together will dissolve. I think apathy is a much greater force than greed and dark emotions can ever be.

      Heh I really wanted to finish that post after the first comment but I got carried away a little bit with that story. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. nerfa5
    June 29, 2010 at 1:43 am

    BEAUTIFUL! This post is so well written! I love the space and everything related to it and how you described the feeling we have when we think of the space is what really happens! I never could describe that feeling! Our brain can’t imagine how big the universe is… So true! I’m fascinated by that feeling! And believe it or not, feels good… xD

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