Uncharted: manned Mars mission? Maybe not…
Publisher and editor-in-chief Jarrette Fellows, Jr. explores why a manned Mars mission might be a bad idea
Humanity has not yet learned to live as one – why are we trying to invite extraterrestrials to Earth? Fear would run amok
NASA is working on sending humans to an asteroid by 2025 and to Mars in the 2030s. It never fails to intrigue me why this nation and others spend billions striving for cosmic conquest — sending probes into the “deep soup” beyond the solar system, unmanned crafts to the moon, Mars, and comets, why we peer into the twinkling essence with powerful telescopes and listen through massive radio ears yearning for return transmittal from alien intelligence … somewhere … out there.
I don’t know if “otherworldly intelligence” exists, but it’s kind of difficult to imagine us Earthlings as the lone tenants in an eternal universe.
To borrow wisdom inherent in myriad sci-fi films, Earth may not like what she finds. With all the racial animus that abounds in this country, alone—the disdain by too many predisposed to hatred for anything darker than albescent—why would we search for a mystery from the gloom that more than likely would not favor humans — if sci-fi can be an indicator?
Humanity has not yet learned to live as one. Why are we trying so magnanimously to invite extraterrestrials to Earth? If they came in large numbers, it would be just a matter of time before humanity engaged them in conflict. Leave that to the “fear factor.” It has happened throughout history. Annihilate what is feared. If white cops are prone to shoot Black men whom they are known to fear, how would they act in the face of something totally misunderstood without human design. Fear would run amok.
In the back of my mind I’m thinking, extraterrestrials — if in fact they do exist — have already decided to give this angry blue marble a wide berth. With the bloodletting of Crips, Bloods, Aryans, and the Mexican Mafia; the angst of GOP and Tea Party haters; saber rattling along the West Bank in Israel, the war in Afghanistan along with the profusion of Jihadist terrorists, ISIS, Boko Haran; and the looming threat of hundreds of thousands of doomsday nuclear devices—Earth must appear as a boiling cauldron of unmitigated wrath.
This is no vacation spot for E.T., not even a respite.