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The moon is good to us but are we good to it?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2013 by thislegofmine
Picture of space

The Universe my Dwelling Place and the Stars my Destination

Do we think differently about the moon now?  I find myself wondering if our concepts of space change as we touch it; as if tangibility changed the cosmos to something banal and ordinary.  Perhaps when Neil Armstrong set his feet on celestial ground the sky became duller and we looked upward lacking motivation.  The implications of this make me wonder about long term space colonization.  After all, my generation has seen the death throes of the American space program.

 

I imagine people scattered like bugs, small ships making contact with planets, building up civilization and sending more out.  We could become the beneficial bacteria of the cosmos, spreading and cultivating until we become untouchable.  My fear – as we do so those rocks on which we step fall to decay beneath our feet.  Imagine planets abandoned and forgotten as society advances.  Instead of beneficial bacteria we become blight, a virus.

 

From this small gemological perspective we can see ourselves as the conquistadors of a grim future – full of chaos and despair or the rulers of a galaxy which can be tended and cherished for its beauty.  Looking at the moon I see the reflection of humanity and wonder if its empty shell hasn’t been polluted by the twelve men who set food on it or if we won’t eventually return to our hopes of colonizing the lunar surface.  Does the known rob us of the motivation for greatness?  What do you think?