the simple understanding we all must keep in mind is this: we are not fit to survive on this planet. we’ve been extremely fortunate throughout our short time on Earth to not be wiped out by an asteroid or an undetected comet…yet.
even if we were hit by another extinction event, most life on this planet (residing deep in the depths of our oceans, volcanic tubes & beneath the ice) would survive, maybe even flourish in the wake of what would be, to us, a cataclysmic disaster.
it’s a privilege for us to be here now. which is why scientific literacy amongst our growing (but relatively small) population is necessary. disregard what we are already doing to this planet for a moment…the big picture is that we must open the gateway for our species to become space-faring if we wish to survive at all. and the only way that’s going to happen is if we make it happen. if we make science & scientific literacy the #1 priority for our generation & future generations to come, so that we can all successfully contribute to tomorrow’s generations being able to effectively progress off of our accomplishments & those of centures & eons ago.
we are humans who are going to suffer for our hinderances & negligence toward scientific literacy & understanding due to so many years of oppression, war & persecution by religious extremists who feared an overall understanding of the world, let alone the universe as we know it today. my only hope for this planet is that we leave behind traces of the work/damage we’ve done so that interstellar/galactic “passersby” may see our missteps & realize that other species may in fact be suffering the same type of fates if not aided & corrected sooner.