Here we go: 2014 and a whole new year to play with. I am vowing not to waste it. With the aid of my lovely wife, Lorraine, Stephen Pressfield, Quinn McDonald, and others, I am going to make this the most creative year of my life.
My goals include finishing an anthology of tales and starting to publish them, writing for an hour a day as part of that goal, and writing at least two entries a month in this blog. The nature of this blog may change from a place to showcase my writing to a place to write and talk about other things. But it will always be a place of creativity and sharing.
With that in mind, here is the first entry for 2014:
We Got to Get Out of This Place! – with a nod to Jim Morrison and The Doors
Thirteen years after Arthur C. Clarke’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”, would have had us on the moon in a working colony or at least a base, we are still earthbound and more inclined than ever to dedicate ourselves to the intense inspection of our navels rather than looking beyond our own world. We need to stop staring and start travelling outward to the billion billion billion stars and galaxies beyond the tiny envelope of air surrounding this overcrowded ball of spinning dirt we call “home”. We need to get out there before we exhaust our capability to do so. We humans need to get off this planet instead of trying to make it “just like it was in the olde days” before 7 billion people and this latest round of climate change. Just writing another Sci-fi thriller screenplay or novel or space-opera series won’t get it done. We need to take the imagination of the collective soul and focus it outward – away from our internecine wars and sectarian bloodshed.
All of the people who can’t stand other kinds of people should be working to get their children off this planet and onto another one where they can be alone with their own kind. Get them educated up to be engineers, computer scientists, pilots and doctors so they can take part in the great brain trust required to quit this world and find a new one. A planet where “Those People” won’t be welcome. It can be done. It just takes the will power to set aside instant gratification of your hatred and plan instead for the long term. When your ships are blasting off into interstellar space heading for the new world, you can look back on this old, worn out, bloodstained orb and smile with smug satisfaction as you leave all of “them” behind.
Think about new worlds named: New Zion, New Beulah Land, New Mecca, The Confederate Space of America, New New England; planets where people could be free to be whatever they wanted to be within the auspices of the founding colonists.
If we as a species turned our energies to getting special groups of deserving peoples off this big blue rock, instead of spending billions every year on warfare, and plots, and searching out plots, and fighting “them” (whichever “them” you are fighting); we could have manned vehicles moving outward in as few as ten years.
Before you start spouting off about how much it would cost and how it would “bankrupt the whole planet” think about it in terms of not spending money on internal, intra-planet strife and defense, and think instead of spending all those trillions on knowledge and technology and getting away from all those people who annoy you. Try to remember that the space programs in the 1960s did not bankrupt the economies of the nations taking part. They were enriched, technologically and economically by taking part in the space race. The scientific discoveries from those times are still rippling through our societies today. That ‘60s quest outward also allowed discourse without discord between hostile factions assisting them to create diplomatic channels where none existed. When you have to talk to solve a problem, the pathways to conversation are necessarily opened for dialogue about other things.
Y’all could have your own worlds to run just as you please. Then you could leave this one for those of us who just want to get along with our neighbours.
(With tongue firmly planted in cheek and a wink and a nod to http://waitbutwhy.com/ and the post http://waitbutwhy.com/2014/01/the-7-types-of-modern-american-bigots.html)