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Should Lonely People of Faith Support Space Colonization?

This excerpt from page 20 of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik's The Lonely Man of Faith proclaims it our divine mandate to do so. God created man to explore and tame his Creation.

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June 2, 2013 - 9:40 am

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"They're made out of meat."

"Meat?"

"Meat. They're made out of meat."

"Meat?"

"There's no doubt about it. We picked up several from different parts of the planet, took them aboard our recon vessels, and probed them all the way through. They're completely meat."

"That's impossible. What about the radio signals? The messages to the stars?"

"They use the radio waves to talk, but the signals don't come from them. The signals come from machines."

"So who made the machines? That's who we want to contact."

"They made the machines. That's what I'm trying to tell you. Meat made the machines."
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You left out the greatest part, where they discuss how we speak.

'Course maybe that was on purpose...
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Loneliness has little to do with it. We need to explore space to ensure the survival of all we have done. Right now, everything we have ever achieved and learned is at risk from any number of possible catastrophes, like an asteroid hitting the earth or a major nuclear war. We literally have all of our eggs in this one basket, the planet Earth.

Any rational person should see that this is a dangerous state of affairs. We don't yet know if there is any other intelligent life in the universe. It seems likely there is but until we can be sure, we may well be the ONLY intelligent life there is - or ever will be. Don't we owe it to ourselves - and the universe as a whole - to preserve what we are by spreading out to other worlds? Then, even if some natural or man-made catastrophe extinguishes all life on earth, our culture and civilization will be able to continue in some other place.

It would be a tragedy of indescribeable proportions if all that we have done were to be erased simply because we were too foolish to see the need to distribute ourselves within the available universe, especially if we were the ONLY intelligent life in the entire universe.



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