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Populating Mars??

I don’t know if any of you are familiar with the Mars One project, but, according to recent press releases, there will be life on Mars as early as 2024.  As we speak, applicants are being narrowed down, and chosen to begin an eight year long training program to prepare them for a one-way trip to Mars.  The catch?  Well, those chosen to go will never return to Earth.

Basically, groups of four will be sent to Mars, beginning in the year 2024 (providing there are no delays), and every two years thereafter.  The first unmanned journey is set for 2018 for delivery of supplies, rovers, and living quarters.  When the chosen astronauts arrive, they will construct their living quarters in an area that will have been scoped by the rovers.  Since the atmosphere on Mars consists of high levels of Carbon Dioxide, and low levels of Oxygen, and is also much too thin for us to breathe, the inhabitants will have to wear Mars Suits any time they are outside of the living quarters.  These suits will also protect the astronauts from the extreme weather, and any potentially harmful radiation.  Two communications satellites, along with an Earth ground base will assist in communications, although, at best, voice calls will have a 7 minute delay.  Talking to your friends, or family members from Mars by phone may prove very difficult!

Believe it or not, this project was founded in 2011, by Bas Lansdorp and Arno Wielders.  It was during that year that communications meetings were held with developers of aerospace components in the  UK, US, Canada, and Italy.  Supplier engineers, and business developers solidified mission architecture, budget plans, and timelines, and the baseline design of a mission to establish permanent human settlement on the planet Mars using only existing technology was designed.

Crew selection is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year, with training beginning for the astronauts in 2015.  As they are trained, supplies will be sent, and locations for optimal construction of the living quarters will be scouted by one of two rovers.  In 2024, we should be seeing off the first 4 humans that will establish permanent settlement on Mars, however, it will take them about 7 months before they set foot on their new home planet.  It is estimated that they will land in 2025, and begin constructing their living quarters, and growing plants for food.  Another drop-off will be made containing additional living quarters, and life support units for the next group of four to arrive.  The plan is to have these quarters constructed, and ready by the time the next group of inhabitants arrives.  The second departure is scheduled for 2026, meaning they will probably arrive in Mars in 2027.

It is astonishing to read these plans, and even more so to realize that all of this is taking place in our lifetime!  It does, however, lead to an interesting question.  Who is to say that WE (as in all of us here, on Earth), were not part of the original version of this very project?  In my earlier blog, “The What If Game”, I posed an interesting theory about the possibility of us all being part of an alien experiment, like an ant farm that is being watched as we evolve.  In a way, isn’t that exactly what we are doing on Mars?  We are sending small groups to begin inhabiting a foreign planet, hoping that they can learn to sustain life there.  At this point, it is but a project for us.

Hundreds of years from now, there could be hundreds of thousands of us living on Mars, completely unaware of our roots on Earth.  We will be starting over on a new planet, with a clean slate.  Who is to say that those on Mars won’t decide to cut communications with us at some point as they grow, and strengthen as a nation?  It is, after all, possible that after many years, we could evolve, and adapt to that atmosphere, making the living quarters no longer a necessity.  Perhaps, at some point, they may decide that they no longer need, or desire, contact with us.  By that point, we will probably have put this planet into a devastating place anyway, void of natural resources, and potentially close to barren for us.  We may have entered another world war by then, and wiped out the majority of our own kind with nuclear weapons, or chemical warfare.  Earth could be a distant memory of a no longer existent planet in a hundred years, or a thousand years.  Will those on Mars still study our history, and speak of us fondly?  Or will they choose to block out all knowledge of us to their young so that it is never known to them how corrupt, and greedy, and insensitive people became before we managed to cause our own extinction?

The theories, and possibilities are absolutely endless as to what could happen, may happen, or will happen.  With this new project thrown into the mix of “life as we know it”, what doors does that open for the future?  Even more curious, though, is what does it say about the possibility of our PAST?  Could we have been part of a race that has long since destroyed itself, or its planet?  Or even one that watches us still, taking notes on our developments, and advancements and logging it in timelines, and record books for reference?  Maybe we all ended up here because our original race grew to be as we are growing to be, and before they stripped their own planet completely of all resources, they started sending people here to repopulate, to continue the human race.  Any of these theories is possible, when you consider them.  Especially when you consider the fact that we are now sending people to a new planet to start a new community as part of a “project”.  I’m sure we will record what they do, and log events as they unfold.  At some point, we may even begin shuttling people there in larger groups, once we realize that our demise is inevitable, even if self-inflicted.

These are just thoughts, brought on by our eagerness to spread out as a people, to explore new places, and make settlements in uncharted territories.  Surely you don’t believe we are the first to have this “brilliant” idea?  Then again, maybe there are many of us out there with that egotistical, self-absorbed attitude that I have spoken about before, that believe that we are the only superior beings in this infinitely vast universe.  Maybe it is that very attitude that brought us here to begin with, and has led to our savage, greedy, and violent nature that is now proving to be a strain on our very environment, as well as on our ability to coexist peacefully within it.


Time to Play the What-If Game~Round 1

     What if nothing is as it seems?  What if you see the color blue the way that I see the color pink?  I mean, if we all grew up repeatedly being told that an orange is orange, and an apple is red, the sky is blue, and the grass is green, would we not always make that word relation to that same color? How do you really know, though, that what our eyes see is exactly the same from person to person?  True, scientifically it breaks down into light beams, and rods and cones inside the eye sending messages into the brain, but, how can anyone be sure that the exact hue, tint, saturation of those colors really LOOKS the same to every single person? 

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     What if there are tons of civilizations on tons of planets throughout the vast universe?  Are we the ones looking for life on another planet? Or are we the “life on another planet” that is being sought after by another race somewhere far off into the Universe?  It could be that they have already discovered us, and deemed us unworthy of their time and efforts, and have zoomed off into the distance of space looking for intelligent lifeforms somewhere else, somewhere far, far away from this planet.  And who could blame them?  They would find here inhabitants who destroy the Earth like a cancer, eating away at the good parts, and spreading the disease ever further across the globe.  They, surely, could see how humankind is not at all human.  Do they watch us and wonder how we can strive off of greed, and hatred? Or how we can continue to be at war over reasons, that to them, probably don’t make sense at all?  Do they see how we hurt each other, kill each other, have no compassion for one another, and think to themselves that they are better off staying far away from a planet filled with such disease?

     What if we are but a chronic illness to the organism that we call Earth, and not actually “human” at all?  What if our entire society, and all that we know eats away at this larger organism, destroying pieces of it little by little, and making it ever sicker until it dies?  What if cancer, and AIDS, and Diabetes are the antibodies sent by the organism that we are killing, in order to fight us off, and preserve its host (Earth)?  All of our ideas about who, and what we are in the grand scheme of things, are, after all, very relative.  Everything that we think we know is relative, based upon other things that we think that we know.  But, what if we are wrong?  About everything?  What if the disease that eats away at our bodies is really another race of beings, just like us, believing that they are on their very own planet, and certain that they are the highest intelligence in the world? 

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     What if we are part of a larger experiment created by an even more advanced society?  We have built habitats for wild animals, attempting to trick them into believing that they are not hostages, in the name of science.  We have built glass encased ant farms so that we can watch the busy little ants working away at their extravagant tunnels, and investigated how they live their lives.  But, what if WE are all just part of an “ant farm”, so to speak?  What if we were strategically placed in this “habitat” by beings who just wanted to see what our true nature as people really is?  If that happened, I believe the scientists would be extremely disappointed at this juncture.  I can see them shaking their heads, pencils over their ears, wearing lab coats, carrying clipboards, and speaking to one another about why we can’t manage to get past selfishness, and violence.  What if this has all been done before, before the “big bang”?  This could be one of hundreds of these “human ant farms” where we are placed, watched, recorded, and left alone to destroy, not only the habitat, but ourselves, as well.  We may have failed this whole trial a few (or a few hundred) times already, still they watch.  Maybe they change variables in each experiment, giving us ever more information about the necessity of humanity, love, and compassion, and each time, we manage to return to this uncivilized state of selfish, “wild animal” behavior.  Perhaps each time, those watching decide that they have failed, yet again, and destroy the giant case that we live in.  Of course, that “giant casing” could be just a metaphor, I’m not saying there is an actual glass case around us, I am simply pointing out the possibility that this is all part of a bigger, grander thing in a bigger, grander universe that we are far too proud, and self-absorbed to bother to see, or admit to.  For us to admit to that, we must admit to being inferior.  One flaw I have found with humans, is their utter, and complete inability to believe that they are inferior to ANYTHING.  Some humans, even more so than others. 

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     What if the lives that we lead are displayed solely for entertainment, like “The Truman Show”, with Jim Carrey?  Maybe we live a non-stop reality show, or maybe it just seems non-stop to us.  It could be that it isn’t even a show, but an elaborate play in which we are all the dolls, and structures of a child’s play room.  We sleep when we are not being used, and we would have no real way to know the time, other than the settings each day, which are provided by the child.  Again, so many people will read this, and dismiss it hastily.  That goes back to the inability to realize that size, even OUR size, is all completely relative.  Just as ants are tiny to us, there could be beings out there much larger than we are.  Just because we aren’t aware of them, does not mean that it is an impossibility.  It goes back to the simplest idea that we only think we know what we know because of the information that we have available.  If we weren’t in control of what information that was, how would we ever TRULY know any different?  We wouldn’t.  Do you really think ants in the ant farm realize that they are not a part of a bigger world?  If dolls could think, like we do, would they know anything other than what world the child created for them to know?  Probably not.

     I am in no way saying that any of this is true.  This is a little thing I like to call the “What If” game, and I play it quite a bit.  It is basically a “food for thought” kind of rant, where I question knowledge, or whatever else I may have on my mind.  This forces you to think, at least for a second, about the other endless possibilities about life, and people.  I like to point out how very imperative relativity is, in every respect.  And I want other people to stop, even if for only a brief moment, and realize that we may not necessarily be alone in the universe, and we may not be the superior beings.  It is POSSIBLE that we may not be ANYTHING like what we think we are.  Once you can start opening your mind to these thoughts, these possibilities, I think your general manner of thinking expands, and you are more open to the little things that you may have taken for granted yesterday.  All I’m really trying to do is to make you STOP, and just THINK. 

     I mean, really, WHAT IF you just stopped, smelled the roses, and let your mind wander for a little while?  What if we all admit that maybe we aren’t as smart as we think we are?  What if we allowed some of this to really sink in, and maybe, just maybe, it gave us the push we needed to be a LITTLE bit nicer to one another? A little more forgiving? A little more compassionate?  What if these are the thoughts that lead to a world filled with more love for one another, and less hate? More building, than destroying? More peace, than war? More consideration to our HOME, and less destruction, and abuse? 

What If??