The Space Growing Between Us - MyMoon

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When I look up at the moon recently, I am unable to shake a somewhat sinking feeling about our current methodologies in national governance and international affairs. Nations are not a large enough focal-point from which to deal with today’s most pressing issues. If we do not consider politics, economics and the physical environment from a strictly global perspective, we cannot properly address this new fully-integrated and exposed, global village we all sacrificed so much to create.

I have written previously about my misgivings about our segregation from the Chinese space program. Whoever the 'fault' lies with, (it is hard to find solid information on the present state of negotiations and formalities) it remains the case that our western space programs are almost entirely separated from Chinese efforts. In spite of this apparent exclusion, the Chinese are doing quite well; the Asian-based space station, Heavenly Kingdom, even helped save Sandra Bullok recently.

My main concern with this separation has been that it has dire implications for our broader human efforts at off-world colonization. The US has recently established no-go zones on the moon, much as powers did upon North-America throughout the 1600s. In our own histories we see that there are many sorts of unique challenges to colonial migration. Anywhere there has been nationalistic furvor causing disunity of purpose and conflicting claims over scarcity, it has been disastrous for the people trying to live their lives in peace and joy.

More recently, in a somewhat similar vein, the situation in Russia/Ukraine has escalated as well. This very week, NASA has ended many scientific partnerships with Russia as part of an embargo strategy. My proposition here is this; if there was a moon base, and a Russian module needed oxygen, and a US base had one with extra, would the lunar citizens watch their neighbours die on the orders of politicians 250,000miles away ?! Of course I, personally, would hope the answer is no, but we must remember that there has been a strong military tradition in spacefaring so far. We have still yet even to witness the first private, free, citizens spacecraft kiss the stars. Space may become and remain completely militarized ESPECIALLY if nations cannot get along. In fact, it is likely, if not already the practical case that military priorities govern space more so than scientific or strictly exploratory ones.

Without a centralized form of governance here at home, without technological integration and controls around the world, space civilization is made all the more difficult for each participant. How are we gonna get to the moon if we can't talk between two or three countries ?

No doubt, finally embarking on this tremendous feat of solar colonization will present many unique challenges itself. If we also dredge the very worst of human history to the forefront of our best efforts as a planetary force, we will surely perish.

Our potential is such that if we truly worked together we could unfurl peace, prosperity and light far out into the darkness that surrounds us. We could layer these blessings deeply upon our various peoples according to their preferences. However, if we do not realize this potential we may become that eternal void. Interesting times.

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