Space-skating (well, you call it space travel. At HashingLife, we love it as much as skates, so we like calling it space-skating 😉 ) is likely to be the next-big-thing to happen. But can we do it with our current baggage of global problems? Yes, we can!
We know, for near certainty, we aren’t travelling deep into space in the next few years. But, watching Martians, makes one feel optimistic. In our flights of fantasy, we attempt what such an experience will be like.
I watched Martians. The closest reflection of space I have had besides this film was the film Gravity. It’s fascinating how our perceived notions on space are put on screens.
When we talk of space-skating, the most important question is how will we survive in these alien ‘environments’, (calling ‘ecosystems’ may be far-fetched optimism, again). Unlike sci-fi fantasies, Martians was wonderful in the sense that it showed an attempt to improvise, in order to survive. When you see water being formed, potatoes being sown, and, an alien land being ‘colonised’, things appear ‘practical’ in some sense. But, what about breathing? Will we always need to wear those glass-bulb head-gears?
Ever since H.G. Wells wrote The Time Machine (or perhaps in myths, if you consider folktales too), humans have longed to reach ‘out there’. Our space-machines are out there, already. But how soon – there are differences of opinion on this point – are we going to be there, finally?
What comes next in mind, other than the ideas of ‘quest’ and ‘exploration’, is why we want to be out there. Avatar highlighted our darker psyche – the greed for mining ‘unobtainium’ – a fictional material, makes humans colonise Pandora and fight off its residents.
Space has always fascinated us. Watching Through the Warm Hole, a documentary series hosted by actor Morgan Freeman, brought forward such interesting insights from our theoretical introspection. Go on talking or read through the works of Issac Asimov, Arthur C Clarke and Robert A Heinlein – the Big-Three of Science Fiction, you feel more and more excited about a future, that’s unseen. And, theoretically, the future will be just one of the many outcomes that unfolds. But yes, which of the outcomes unfolds, we could have attempted choosing one, had we been a little lesser selfish as individual genes and more selfish as ‘life’, in total.
Going for space-skating also has an important prerequisite. The journey demands that we have mutual respect for each other. With differences based on prejudices, it’s unlikely we would work in sync, ever, as a good team. We have to think as ‘one’. Be it institutionalised theories of existence – in the name of God, or, be it belief of the radical science camp that says we erupted out of the spark, after the accidental Big Bang – the creation of our universe.
Let belief systems be like applications that run on the operating software of humanity. A system that gives equal opportunity to every idea on the app-store without discrimination. If there are bugs and infecting software, let those get healed or not be in the system.
For our space travel, this elimination of prejudices in not merely important but also a significant process in the evolutionary ladder. The question before us, now, is, are we really serious about evolving? Or, do we want to delay grabbing a dream by another few centuries?
Let’s go space-skating! It’s time for Mars and further away. Home is where you live. We live in space!
“Sitaron Se Agay Jahan Aur Bhi Hain
Abhi Ishq Ke Imtihan Aur Bhi Hain”
Other worlds exist beyond the stars—
More tests of love are still to come.
– From Bal-e-Jibril-060, Sir Muhammad Iqbal (9 November 1877 – 21 April 1938), South Asian Urdu poet and philosopher