An Insignificant Future
December 10, 2012
Without space exploration, we simply won't have a future, either in terms of pure, creative and technological innovation or even in terms of the ecological health of Earth itself. Without an effort to explore and understand our shared reality beyond ourselves, we will deserve any catastrophe that befalls upon us, rather than creatively avoid it to our advantage. Exploring our furthest boundaries is an inherently human trait, and if we abandon this instinct we will quickly lose even the luxury of our false comfort in complacency. Ultimately, our identity as a species will be characterized by our apathy and insignificance far more than our astounding accomplishments.
An asteroid or comet headed for Earth is the only large-scale natural disaster we can prevent. Working together to fund our Shoemaker NEO Grants for astronomers, we can help save the world.