Monday, August 16, 2010

First Post Switzerland Trip Article - Potpouri

Hello everyone! Well, without question, my trip to Switzerland to attend the Caux Initiatives of Change conference was absolutely one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had. The people I talked too were incredible, I made some great contacts, I learned new things and passed on information regarding sustainability and our true technological potential, most of which was derived by space exploration and development. :)

Because of this trip, I haven't exactly been following space news much, but I hope to get back into the flow starting today.

I see the ISS is going through some repair work. Nothing like a "fix-it" job in orbit. Isn't it amazing what we can do these days?

A big ole' skydiving attempt looks to be coming soon. Now THAT would be one hell of a ride! Now just imagine trying this out of a Virgin Galactic apogee of course.

Celebration V. Star Wars, although sci-fi, was the catalyst that drove me and many others into the space industry. It's because of sci-fi that we develop sci-fact. Now the fun part is actually using our sci-fact to benefit humanity. It seems we're still kinda "stuck on stupid" with our global socioeconomic system that's rooted in the 17th century while it tries (and fails) to govern the 21st century. As goes our technical capability, so should go our systems of governance...forward and evolving to be better.

I guess that's a good quick summary of today. Remember, question the "unquestionable" and challenge the "unchallengeable". Only then do you truly progress.


Norman Copeland said...

Hello Douglas, it's good saying that we should question things with open thoughts, and your ideas about the sevententh century socio economic brakeage could have some fact floating about in them, but, would it be good to have a schedule which more people spoke about performing?

Space advocacy itself needs a leadership quality with clear ideas for peoples career choices...

Douglas Mallette said...

Norman - The only schedule is the one dictated by the very people of the world. We either make the change happen, or we don't. If we don't we're screwed.

Humanity on this planet cannot handle linear consumption and extreme social stratification and wealth consolidation.

Now, the Venus Project that I represented at this Switzerland event does pose a solution set and a reasonable time table, but only if people wake up and do what's right for the future of the species, abandoning selfish self interest in favor of selfless self interest.

As for space advocacy, I fear that the purse strings of the world are going to serious restrict true advancement, another strong reason why I'm sick of the current system and want something new.

Colonizing Mars will never be profitable, so we won't do it, even though we can right now. That is a disconnect we cannot ignore if we really want to explore the stars.