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Re: A Martian Genocide? - Miller

From: Stuart Miller <stuart.4.nul>
Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2007 15:50:14 +0100
Posted Here: Sun, 01 Jul 2007 17:42:00 -0400
Subject: Re: A Martian Genocide? - Miller


>From: Michael Tarbell <mtarbell.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2007 10:01:49 -0600
>Subject: Re: A Martian Genocide?

>>From: Stuart Miller <stuart.4.nul>
>>To: UFO UpDates <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2007 20:10:43 +0100
>>Subject: Re: A Martian Genocide?

>>>From: Nick Balaskas <Nikolaos.nul>
>>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>>>Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2007 12:12:42 -0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)
>>>Subject: Re: A Martian Genocide?

><snip>

>>If we work on the canvas that you have painted above, then
>>surely the degree of displacement or sense of violation that
>>Martian macrobes or microbes would feel would depend upon their
>>sentient awareness. And if there is none, then I would struggle
>>to find fault with the act of Man setting foot on Mars. Indeed
>>it could even be viewed as a positive step in that a resource
>>"designed" or intended for use - a planet - was being employed.

>Well, I guess now we need only develop a sentiency meter. Paging
>Mr. Turing!

I do not disagree with your sentiment. I think Nick's approach
is impractical.

>Perhaps you struggle to find fault with human behavior in
>general. Insert "oil" for "a planet" in the above to arrive at
>the Exxon-Mobil theory of planetary stewardship.

>You say, and I agree, that our survival depends on finding
>habitat elsewhere. Consider *why* that has become necessary.

I presume by your petroleum company comments that you are
inferring that we will have to exit stage left because we are
screwing this place up. That however is not necessarily the
case. It might be that we detect a massive asteroid heading our
way or the magnetic poles go haywire or there is some other
calamity that besets us. While I am no great defender of the
human race, it might be that we have to leave through no fault
of our own.

The most probable scenario however is that we will choose to
leave or to colonise as opposed to having to. And the reason for
that will likely not be altruistic or for the long term benefit
of mankind but because of the usual reasons that drive the human
spirit; greed. Private space development is going to race ahead
and in probably under 30 years, the moon and accessible
asteroids are going to be mined for their mineral content in
order to feed the on going endless demand for energy and other
activities on this planet. Which really is what you're
complaining about in the first place I guess.

We know we have it within ourselves to do better but because of
our commercial/political/social structures, we don't. What will
make us less selfish and possibly more universally acceptable
will be a massive, Reagan like sudden jolt that makes us all
wake up and realise the errors of our ways. Perhaps Drake was
originally right and extraterrestrial intelligence is everywhere
except that when we started to develop, knowing how we'd turn
out, the neighbourhood emptied. Perhaps Mars was once inhabited
and they left because they knew we'd soon come a'calling.

If you have an answer to this, I'd be interested in hearing it.
But its too glib and too easy to blame the politicians or the
stock market. We need to accept personal responsibility


Stuart




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