• Brandon Robertson

What Does A “Spacefaring Civilization” Mean to Me?

My name is Brandon and I am the Fundraising Coordinator for the Centre for a Spacefaring Civilization.

Space has always been regarded as the final frontier in human history despite the fact that we do not know very much about a plethora of other areas of our world, let alone the universe. So why is it regarded as such? In my humble opinion, I believe that this is because there is something innately curious about space; about astronomical forces that create things that are difficult to comprehend, about clouds of cosmic gasses colliding to produce spectacular light shows across the galaxy, but most importantly about something that we as a civilization have always been able to see but never truly understand.

Stephen Hawking once commented “I don’t think the human race will survive the next thousand years unless we spread into space.” It’s definitely a harsher way of looking at the capabilities of the human civilization venturing into space, but it is no less important. The development of the species into a spacefaring civilization is inevitable and now is the perfect time to do it, as new technologies, interest and ideas are being improved at a constant rate. If one man can launch his convertible into space, what’s to stop us with houses or other important aspects of human life!

It is interesting to think that for an astronaut orbiting the Earth, the entirety of the human civilization can be captured with one photo of the planet. After all, everyone that was ever born and died in human history would be in it. I hope this statement changes during my lifetime as I would like to see humanity become a spacefaring civilization. I would hope to see the controlled colonization of other habitable planets with technology developed to ensure that the very weird world in which we live in can continue from things like farming and industry to research and law. I would also hope to see faster than light travel which would allow humanity to not only start out but thrive across a number of different worlds. Finally, I would hope to see the universe thrive with the development of humanity’s spacefaring ability, aiming to provide a better future for the generations that are to come.

The opinions expressed in these blogs posts are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the Centre for a Spacefaring Civilization or anyone else.

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