The world is ending!
Okay, not really, but it IS in a critical stage. And it is not because of global warming or dangerous pandemics, even though those seem to be quite potential too.
Elon Musk, the richest man on Earth (he is quickly swapping places with Jeff Bezos, who is also on a similar mission), is worried more about an all-ending war – a World War III. And with the kind of nuclear weapons and the cold (and some not so cold) tensions we see, this sounds plausible. So, Elon Musk wants to send a crew of a million people to Mars, just in case we end up all killing each other. The red planet will harbor a community with better ambitions and would be conducive to lead a happy life – at least, that’s the plan, or should I say hope?
Why is life-on-earth so complicated?
With the increasing population, pollution, and aspiration of this fast-forwarding world, it is only natural that so many nations are at the throat of each other. It is no less stressful at the individual level as well. Unlike the olden days of farming and gathering, now we have a ton of more things to worry about – job, tax, insurance, social validation, security for your survivors, retirement plans, and let’s not forget the ever-mutating viruses. There’s barely any time to relax or introspect.
But how did we get here? We make new gadgets, amend the bills, chop down forests to make cities – all so that we can make our lives better, easier. But all our privileges have somehow been intertwined, and now it’s a huge mess that we can’t escape. From that standpoint, the vision of a new life on Mars does sound tempting – the chance to do it again, to do it better, in simpler but more effective ways.
Would life-on-mars be better?
Practically speaking, life on Mars would be anything but a cakewalk. The community on Mars will have to learn a lot, endure a lot, and may even have to give their life in the process. This community will not be the ‘privileged rich’. It will be an army of survival soldiers carrying the seed of humanity to promise it’s existence. This life is not for the weak-hearted. As per Musk’s plan, only 0.014% of today’s population would make it into the team. It would be a challenge like nothing humankind has ever faced before.
But yes, if we do succeed in this mission, generations later, there’s hope – hope for a better tomorrow. The sci-fi TV series Pandora shows us one version of ‘tomorrow’. But Elon Musk envisions the new community to have direct democracy and amazing bars.
What are your visions about the new community? What are your thoughts for happy life on the new planet? If you get a chance, would you board that ship to Mars? Let us know in the comments below!