Planet Earth is the only one we know of that can support life. We know that it has been around for approximately 4.5 billion years. And we know that it will continue to exist (if we don’t cause irreparable damage to it by our actions, a possibility that is becoming more and more real everyday) for another 5 billion years until the sun swells into a red giant star. Of course these possibilities are very much in the future, we don’t know if we will exist at that time (or we may have evolved into some form of less savoury organism, much like the super slugs portrayed in Star trek : Voyager).

I was re watching ‘The Hitchhiker’s guide to the Galaxy’ for the umpteenth time the other day. Which led me to wonder, again, for the umpteenth time, if there is something, anything at all, that we can do if we are actually faced with possibility of the demolition of our planet. The answer, of course, is nothing. We are not sufficiently technologically advanced to have seen the demolition plans which have been posted in Alpha Centauri for 50 years and  there is no way in hell we can relocate almost 7 billion people to another planet outside our solar system (we don’t even know our own system that well, but as far as we know nothing in here can support life as of yet). So in the face of overwhelming odds, I’m forced to say,’we’re screwed’ if that happens.

 

P.S : Also, there’s absolutely no point to this post, I’m just bored !

3 thoughts on “Pointlessness and all his friends

  1. Hi, What does this line mean “demolition plans which have been posted in Alpha Centauri for 50 years”? Your post makes me wonder about so many consp. theories floating in the www, flat earth, no blue marble theory, melted polar scapes, dying sun and blah blah more. I think as a human race, our priorities are misaligned. We spend far too much time on conspicuous consumption and raping the earth of whatever resources there are, building unequal piles of wealth which might take top 1% one day to mars? on the space x rocket….maybe elon musk is betting on that. But that is the negative scenario.
    In the positive scenario is an earth, a living breathing organism, sudden enlightenment(?) and people live in peace, with fewer needs and lesser burden on the earth, zero waste economies and a governance by people…. I’ll call that place Neutopia..infact I sometimes write about it….on this blog below: https://writingoneoone.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/neutopia-after-fifteen-years/ (not spamming!)

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    1. Hi, that is the premise from the book, that the earth was going to be demolished to make way for some kind of space highway and the plans for that were on display at the local planning office at Alpha Centauri (Alpha Centauri is the closest star system to ours).
      Well, I don’t really know what to say about the conspiracy theorists other than that they are a bunch of loons (don’t get me wrong, I strongly believe in people’s right to believe in whatever they want, except when there is overwhelming empirical evidence to the contrary such as the flat-earth theory or that global warming is a chinese construct to destabilise the world economy [yes, I’m looking at you, Donald.]).
      I’m actually a fan of Elon Musk’s and I have to say, if I could afford it I would totally be first in line on that trip to Mars 😉 SpaceX rockets are also used to supply the ISS (their Dragon rocket has been doing that since 2012). And I do believe that space travel should be and will be accessible to one and all in the future, it all has to start somewhere.
      The positive scenario that you detail could also come into existence some day, I feel the human race is far too immature for that to happen at the moment. Someday, hopefully not too late, we might realise our mistakes and our full potential and learn to live in harmony with our environment, or we will go the way of the dinosaurs, sans the meteorite 😉
      Thank you for the link to your blog, it seems very interesting, cool name 🙂
      Thank you for your detailed comment, I hope my reply isn’t too brash. Cheers!

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      1. First things first, Thanks for visiting my blog. I keep it largely unannounced ….some of the concepts on the blog are outdated, the world has changed faster in the last three years I started writing it. I must read this Alpha Centuari book…. the Hitch Hickers guide again, isn’t it? I’m following Elon Musk too, he represents everything that science fiction writers & movie directors only dream about. He is making future real. “it all has to start somewhere” , your point is valid. Only, the cost to earth should not be too high….. Gosh! I’m starting on this moralistic monologue. Hope I haven’t bored you ..too much. Please keep writing about the empirical side of the truth, enjoy reading about our galaxy!
        Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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