thoughts on a canadian space program
This has nothing to do with religion but I thought I'd throw it up because I know there's so many like-minded people here. This is my response to a message board on the CBC website that was discussing whether or not Canada should be pushing more than our current pathetic $300 million a year into a space program. The board was stuffed with the usual bleeding heart hand wringing about how we shouldn't spend ANYTHING on space until we are living in Utopia down here.
The idea that spending money on space exploration is taking money away from social programs or other priorities is ridiculous. Even in the US, the entire space budget is a tiny fraction of what is spent on social programs. All of the space budget could be allocated to social programs with no perceptible difference. It is absurd to demand that all government spending be directed at any one area, no matter how important that area is. So let's abandon this red herring argument that we shouldn't spend money on space while there are still social problems left to be solved.
Similarly, we can discard this notion that we shouldn't engage in space exploration because it is "really" about international competition. Space is only about competition if we feel that it is about competition. But there are plenty of excellent justifications for exploring space and having a presence in space that have nothing to do with this. So there is no reason why a Canadian space program would have to be about international competition.
We have a choice as a society to advance scientifically and technologically or to stop advancing. Space exploration and exploitation has already yielded huge, unpredicted benefits for the world. History shows us that EVERY time we set forth as a society to meet the challenge of a new frontier, an incredible surge forward in the progress of our species is the result. Let's stop whining and tackle something fun and interesting for a change.
Lazy is a word we use when someone isn't doing what we want them to do.
- Dr. Joy Brown