Let’s imagine that we go into interstellar space and find out that there are hundreds of extraterrestrial civilizations there. I enjoy the concept of decentralization among states, and I want all countries to have as much autonomy as they possibly can.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I think that someone on Earth needs to be in control, and it is damn well better not to be in a world where individuality reigns supreme! We need to represent our whole planet and our species on the galaxy’s playing field if we want to project a decent image. This means that we can’t only focus on one island.
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, believes this is where humanity’s greatest challenge lies.
Musk is of the opinion that it will be much too late for humanity to come to the realization that we should pool our resources and work together.
“I wonder how many extinct civilizations that were confined to ‘one planet” are floating about out there in the void of space? Species that were unable to survive the trip to another planet either became extinct on their own or were wiped out by external forces. “Probably a few.” — Elon Musk
It is more likely that we will make our first contact with an alien race before we realize that our planet needs to become one. In the end, this will turn out to be an existential crisis. Let me explain why.
The Existential Tremendousness of Space
In a podcast hosted by Joe Rogan and featuring Neil DeGrasse Tyson, I overheard something about the universe that gave me the creeps. According to Tyson’s explanation, there are these objects that are termed “rogue planets,” which are planets that are stuck between the gravitational fields of many suns.
Because of the gravitational pull of two or more suns, a planet will eventually be thrown out into space, where it will become a rogue, freezing-cold rock that wanders between the stars.
The cosmos is a whole and complete horror.
The Earth is a tiny dot in the vast expanse of space. And yet, on this speck, hundreds of tales, faiths, and experiences have been shared, and every human being (whether poor, famous, courageous, or cowardly) has ever lived their life. Therefore, Elon Musk believes that there are two options open to humanity:
We will keep living on Earth until an internal or external disaster wipes out our species. Perhaps it will occur one billion years from now. Perhaps we’ll get there tomorrow. Who exactly is to say?
We evolve to become a species that can live on more than one planet so that our species doesn’t go extinct as quickly. In addition, if the Earth were to ever be struck by a meteor or suffer a nuclear strike, a society that existed on Mars might lend a hand in restoring it.
Although the likelihood of an asteroid with the same destructive power as the one that killed out the dinosaurs is quite low, there are scholars who believe that a massive asteroid strike is long overdue.
But NASA has said in public that it is very hard to find asteroids with their observations. In fact, in 2019, an asteroid with the designation “2019 OK” was discovered only one day before passing between the Earth and the Moon. The asteroid was the size of a football field. It greatly surprised the researchers who were working on the project.
Buzzfeed News was able to access confidential papers from NASA, and one of the scientists working there is quoted as saying, “this one did sneak up on us.”
Alien abduction evidence may be found at this link. Why Elon Musk is Completely Misguided About Extraterrestrial Life
Aliens exist because humans exist. At the very least, this is the most fundamental argument.
Because the universe is so big, we have to assume that there must be other life forms out there, no matter how unlikely it seems. This argument is without merit, Or at the very least, there are numerous inconsistencies that can be drawn from it.
To begin, there is a possibility that the cosmos is not endless. We are able to make predictions about probable edges.
In addition, the probabilities of their ever being humans in the first place are so incredibly remote that it’s a marvel that we even exist! If we take the number of ways that life might have developed and divide that number by every possible combination of molecules that could have occurred, we find that the odds of their being life are very low.
To sum it up, extraterrestrial beings do not exist in the actual world. There is not a single shred of evidence to support them; all we have are unsubstantiated claims from Bob Lazar. Did you know that if you don’t have a religious background, you’re more inclined to believe in extraterrestrial life?
That’s a really cool link!
It’s a “belief” of mine that extraterrestrials exist and that I’ll get to meet some of them in my lifetime, but it’s on par with the “belief” that Jesus Christ will return someday (maybe less so since Jesus was a historical figure). Musk’s argument for a multi-planetary species is still relevant and important even if Elon, Neil Degrasse Tyson, and Steven Hawking are incorrect about aliens. It does not matter which of these three men is correct regarding aliens.
The search for escape routes from our planet
Let’s pretend that Elon’s ambition of settling on Mars comes true and envision what it would be like. The process of terraforming Mars is, in essence, a massive landscaping project, and the restoration of the planet’s magnetic field is the first practical step in the process.
Mars’ magnetic field completely vanished when the planet was barely 500 million years old. Prior to then, it was hypothesized that Mars had an atmosphere comparable to that of Earth, complete with pervasive pools of liquid water. If this magnetic screen weren’t there, the sun would remove a planet’s atmosphere, putting an end to any life that may have developed.
Mars can’t be terraformed until its magnetic field is restored; otherwise, the planet’s atmosphere would only continue to be stripped away by the wind.
(Except in the event that they have some kind of strategy to generate an atmosphere at a pace that is quicker than it can be removed.)
The only way to revive Mars’s magnetic field is to kick-start the planet’s internal dynamo, or, to put it another way, Mars has to be heated to hell and back. The term “dynamo” refers to the mechanism through which a planet warms itself up, much like an oven. It utilizes both kinetic energy, which is supplied by the rotation of the globe, and conductive fluid (i.e., molten iron).
This is the reasoning behind Elon Musk’s proposal to bomb Mars’ atmosphere; we need to heat the damn thing up before it can ever be inhabitable again.
It’s not that he doesn’t want to bomb Mars because he’s a crazy narcissist psychopath; nevertheless, it’s possible that he is also that. Kanye West once said, and I quote: “Name one genius who ain’t insane.”
A concluding thought
When asked about the moon landing in 1969, residents of Harlem who were black repeated a viewpoint that was prevalent at the time: “It’s a magnificent accomplishment, but why isn’t any of that money invested to battle hunger in America or lift people out of poverty?”
I can see why people may find space travel and difficulties that sound like they were taken straight from a Star Trek episode to be frustrating, considering all the issues that exist here on Earth. But sooner or later, these topics will be on the front pages of newspapers.
Developing a ‘back-up’ plan is a prudent notion, particularly in light of recent discussions in the mainstream media about the possibility of “World Conflict III” and a “nuclear war.” Conquering several planets as a species may seem like a waste of time right now, but in the long run, it will pay dividends.