In 1968 the people of Earth fell in love with the planet, but then forgot where the image came from.
What Does Nature Want?
9 Sep 2016
Accepting current views in cosmology, we are told that the Universe began as an infinitely small point around 13.8 billion years ago and swiftly expanded to be the apparently infinite Universe we see around us.
We can know that there is something greater than the Universe, a transcendent realm or environment, and we can know that the laws of Nature were in full working order at the beginning of time. This makes natural law a form of primal code, determining how the Universe would roll out.
The primary force at play in the Universe is for expansion, seen in the expansion of space-time at the beginning, an expansion that continues and is now accelerating. The early universe was mainly comprised of the light elements of hydrogen and helium, which means there were no rocky planets during the first generation of stars. Heavier elements were forged in the first stars. Expansion is seen again when the first stars explode to spread their stardust into space, allowing rocky planets to form around the second generation of stars. When our Sun, a third generation star, formed 4.5 billion years ago, a rocky planet formed that we call Earth, where life began. Another form of expansion can be seen with the evolution of life to ever more complex forms, and again with the expansion of life to the brim of the atmosphere.
Looking at the Earth's ecology, so ordered, where instinct keeps diverse species in check, why would a clever tool-maker emerge that can cause so much harm to Nature? Is this an accident, or is there some reason wired into the primal code?
Considering how precisely natural law functions from the beginning to now, that natural law did not evolve and is therefore not accidental, there is logic to suggest that there is some reason for the clever tool-maker being liberated from instinct and being able to harm Nature. What does Nature want? What doers the primal code intend?
The logical conclusion concerns the primal force for expansion in the Universe and with Nature. Does the clever tool-maker exist to expand life beyond Earth? That this became possible in the 1960s indicates a matter that can be considered.
I find it interesting to observe that our presence was still sustainable on Earth in the 1970s, when expansion beyond Earth was on the table with space settlement proposals from the Princeton physicist, Gerard K. O'Neill. Could we have remained sustainable if we had expanded into space then? The key to expansion beyond Earth, was the building of solar power stations in space, first proposed by Dr Peter Glaser in 1968. If the space path had been taken back then, we would have begun an energy transition from fossil fuel to the power of the Sun. Much of our heavy industry would now be located in space. The care required in managing space environments would have taught lessons on managing the Earth environment.
It is interesting how many astronauts turn to the care of the Earth after spending time in space.
If the expansion of life beyond Earth is what Nature wants, and if we are the means to that end, then what happens if we rebel and refuse to run with Nature beyond Earth?
What happens is what we are observing on Earth now, and continuing in this direction will only take us deeper in the matrix of problems that we are driving, by refusing to get out of the cradle.
What justification do we have to be waddling around in nappies on Earth, potty-bombing the planet? We need to get out of the cradle and the nursery, if we hope to save the Earth, and secure our own survival beyond our prolonged messy infancy.
If we want to clean up our act, we need to act on one simple objective, which anyone on this planet can be in support of and help make happen. We need to secure a sustainable industrial presence beyond Earth, ASAP, so that we will be able to achieve a sustainable human presence on a healthy Earth.
If we persist on remaining focused on the Earth, whether for resources, or hope of a healthy ecology, the matrix of problems will only get worse, taking us toward an evolutionary dead-end and potentially, a prematurely dead Earth.
James Hansen warned us about the Early death of the Earth with CO2 above 350 ppm, now passing 400 ppm (Storms of My Grandchildren, 2009). James Lovelock warned his that the shift to a permanently hotter Earth could happen swiftly (The Disappearing Face of Gaia, 2009).
If we lift our game to space, we can plan for using the power of the Sun to directly extract excess carbon from the air, until it is below 350 ppm, and process extracted carbon into a useful resource for Earth and space industries.
We will then be in a position to press on to solve every problem that we face on Earth. We will also be able to create a stellar economy, where we can send poverty into history. This is because beyond a sustainable industrial presence beyond Earth, there is no further cost to Earth, but there is an infinite return on the investment, from across the Solar System and among the stars.
If we get wise, kind and start to grow up in this new potential, we can design a stellar economy now, because we will have the wealth to provide for the health and education of each child born. Why would we walk away from that?
Being able to deliver a healthy and creative life to each child born, will lead to peace on Earth, because parents will appreciate their children getting a better future on Earth and among the stars.
We can know from economics that the benefits of a stellar economy would begin the moment we make a serious commitment to create it, in a form of futures market.
As said earlier, working in space will make us more sensitive to the needs of the Earth, and seeing the Earth from space, we will want to protect this jewel among the stars and all life thereon.
Anyone who gives a stuff and a damn about this planet, Mother Nature and life on Earth, can act now, locally and globally, toward creating a celestial future and a peaceful Earth.
Keen individuals can connect globally in virtual worlds, like Second Life, where meetings can be held, displays presented like an interactive website, and models built of the future that we can one day, soon I hope, build in space.
In the virtual world keen individuals could form teams of around ten to work on projects, with members from anywhere on Earth that has a good Internet connection. We do this from Ross, which has fixed wireless NBN, but we also did it over copper wires last year on the Sunshine Coast. Having a good video card helps.
Teams could also form in real life to drive projects and explore what can be achieved, locally and globally. We look toward ten million keen individuals, demanding action and driving investment, toward securing a sustainable industrial presence beyond Earth, so that we may be able to achieve a sustainable human presence on a healthy Earth. I suspect that ten million may be a key number to of people involved to turn the tide of human destruction on Earth.
Right now the Earth is a pressure-cooker and the temperature is rising. When will the place blow? Looking at the geopolitics of the place, this could be with a bout of nuclear madness, followed by an atomic winter and a dead Earth.
What the World needs now is a clear message of hope, that we can save the planet, create a better world on Earth and among the stars, and assure our cosmic survival.
If there is a lesson among the stars that we might learn from, it is silence.
Given the age of the Universe and the size of the galaxy, cosmologists believe that as many as 30,000 alien civilisations could have reached the Solar System. Where are they? Where is ET? We look for life among the stars and hear no word, see no sign.
Is the silence of the stars a warning for us.
Have many alien civilisations risen like we have, thought they had centuries to act on space development, burned their fossil fuel too long, and ended up in an evolutionary dead-end.
Are we really prepared to run with that risk?
Further reading ~
Creating a Solar Civilization
A Deeper Level of Denial
The state of the planet ~