Copyright © 2009 by Emmanuel G. Petrakakis. Published by The Mars Society with permission.
SPACE OR SUICIDE....YES WE CAN !
(a Pro Space speech SIMULATION )
By Emmanuel G. Petrakakis
This paper is about igniting the Pro Mars Human Exploration argument. The serious commitment by the government to create the necessary challenges and incentives so as to gear up Human Space Exploration in earnest….
In my speech simulation on behalf of the Mars Society address to the US President, for steering the debate of how Human Space exploration directly address our day to day problems and its not just a scientific adventure with a touch of fantasy and seasoned with a little bit of romance, so to speak.. Out of this urgent topic other linked, relevant areas can be also discussed i.e. space tourism and private space endeavours that could easily go down the wrong path.
This ( Obama speech) as I call it, focuses on the arguments in areas of discussion which try to bring you the urgency of starting up the programme and how they are directly connected with our macro economic recovery : there are 3 basic Fundamentals we cannot run away from, that we have to handle positively:
i) Today`s high-tech society doesn’t just stand still. We either move forwards of we slide backwards,
ii) it is a society based on GAS ( Greed , Aggression and Speed).
iii) Whatever the World Economic System you have to provide the society with a physical dimension in which it will expand into, otherwise it will contract.
Based on these points we see that the society is now evolving around these basic parameters and the process of backsliding or contraction has already begun as we are now witnessing world wide .
Another vital message of this is to show that human space exploration has everything to do with our quotidian and it is not just for the historic quest to find other forms of life ? nit is the ultimate catalyst ,the ultimate economic multiplier the grandest driving force for this global village engaging resources from one end to the other on planet earth.
In this way through an open discussion on this we analyse how we are presently sliding contracting through careful identification of all today`s symptoms economic meltdown, increase in crime worldwide and rampant poverty.
Lets start the debate lets start now its not “yes we can “ its “yes we must” NOW!