Joseph Abbott (faxpaladin) wrote,
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Reposted from my Trib blog

50 years ago today, humanity tossed a ball out the door, having only recently (as these things go) come to the realization not just that there was an outside but that there was a door to go through. A dozen years later we managed to get a handful of people down the driveway to the guest house, but since then we've confined ourselves to the porch.

That's gotta change.

"Ask ten different scientists about the environment, population control, genetics — and you'll get ten different answers. But there's one thing every scientist on the planet agrees on: whether it happens in a hundred years, or a thousand years, or a million years, eventually our sun will grow cold, and go out. When that happens, it won't just take us, it'll take Marilyn Monroe, and Lao-tsu, Einstein, Maruputo [1], Buddy Holly, Aristophanes — all of this. All of this was for nothing, unless we go to the stars."
— J. Michael Straczynski, "Babylon 5," spoken by Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair (Michael O'Hare)

[1] As near as I can tell, this is the obligatory famous-guy-in-the-23rd-century-you-haven't-heard-of-because-he-got-famous-in-the-22nd-century.
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