Start moon settlements or push hard to end world poverty?
What is the worth of space exploration? Can those dollars be put to better use here on earth? For that matter, could monies for weapons and military might be better used?
So far it was proven that the moon was never conquered, why this question?
We could spent billions erasing world poverty and it will come back within the same generation. It is much more complicated than handing out money or feeding hungry people. Cultural differences, tribal sensibilities in certain cultures--the list goes on, make it a complex situation. There is no easy answer.
Space exploration fascinates me but at the present time I think the money can be better spent creating jobs and boosting the economy.
Disband social politics and destroy the corporate empire; you've just ended world poverty. Once money isn't an object what do you plan on doing with your time? Writing; being an artist; starting new business; practicing science; developing law; disseminating social ignorance; or playing with matter? It's not important to me because you can do anything now that your worth isn't cultivated by some physically tangible artifice which can be ripped up or burned to ashes. To Hell with war and politics; Ponzi Armageddon.
Keep on with space. Let the vacuum take you as you watch the Sun set behind the Earth for the first and last time. If nothing else; that is worth going to space for.
Interesting question. Some technologies developed for space have direct use back on Earth. For example, some water purification/recycling techniques have direct Earth use for providing safe drinking water to the world's poor. Considering that less than 3% of the world's water is fresh water, and most of that is locked up as ice, water purification is pretty important. There is also the potential that by relieving strife, wars may not occur--especially if they are wars centered around resources.
That said, I'd say a balanced approach is needed. The aerospace industry has created a lot of jobs and useful technologies and a lofty goal like the Moon or Mars might be a great motivator. On the other hand, if it's taken too far, other Earth-bound programs might be neglected at humanity's expense.
Yes, a lot of the money spent for wars, unhealthy vaccines & medications, plus a long list of other useless stuff, would solve the hunger problem after at least 3month worldwide with just a tiny fraction of the costs used to even just engineer these destructive technologies. Poverty is technologically & economically designed, not consequence of a scarcity that does not even exist. You don't even have to Digg deep to see and understand that; the only condition for this tough, is to throw out the BS spread daily in the mass media and look where the money comes from, where it goes to and see who benefits for example when an event of catastrophic proportions happens. Latest very blatant example:
Haiti! Billions of spent Help/Aid-Dollars later, still looks today as if the earthquakes just happened yesterday. The question nobody seems dare to ask or even bother about:
"Where has all the money gone?????"
Again, WHERE HAVE THE BILLIONS OF SPENT DOLLARS FROM WORLDWIDE SOURCES ALL GONE?
I would say, as human beings, we are definitely better than that, right?
People tend to ask the wrong questions and are therefore very easy to fool...
P.S.: BTW ... they even stopped going to the moon, ... never asked yourself why, how comes??
As quiet as it is being kept, many, if not most, of the people who are living in poverty are some of the happiest and most content people in the world.
On the other hand, a very high percentage of the wealthy are as miserable as hell.
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