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How do we measure progress?
One hundred years ago today, on August 4, 1914, the Governor General of Canada received a telegram notifying him that Britain was at war with Germany, and therefore so were all its colonies and dominions. Over the next four years Canada’s citizens joined much of the world population and sacrificed their blood, tears and treasure in what became known as “The Great War”.
Whatever the merits of each nation’s respective entry into the war, for humanity the echoes of that bloodbath reverberate today.
Do you know anyone who has celebrated their hundredth birthday this year? That person was alive in a time before World War I, the Russian Revolution, the discovery of DNA, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, the invention of computers, jets, humans landing on the moon, or the internet. A one-hundred year old has seen a pace of change that dwarfs that of any lifespan before.
Technological advancement is not meaningful progress in and of itself.
The rockets that launched humans or the Hubble Telescope into space used technology that rained destruction upon innocent people. President Kennedy sparked the Space Race with the Soviets with the goal of beating them to the “high ground” in the event of another war.
What will someone born today see and know, when they celebrate their birthday in one hundred years? We hope the next century will see a longer list of human triumphs, than wars and bloodshed. We hope it will bear witness to a more united and integrated species than ever.
One of the reasons I love space exploration is I cherish the belief that learning about our place on Earth, and in the Cosmos, makes us happier, more peaceful, and more tolerant people. On the anniversary of my country’s entry into a pointless war that killed or wounded over 36 million of our fellow humans, I hope that images of Earthrise or the Pale Blue Dot that Carl Sagan wrote about will serve to unite us and be seen as our true progress.
Progress should mean no more wars on Earth. Progress should mean peaceful exploration and settlement in space.
But only Time will tell.
Happy New Year! I hope 2014 is an amazing year for you and that when you look back on 2013, you are pleased with what you see.
While crawling the internet looking for news and information on space exploration, travel, and other topics I love, I’ve assembled a list of resources that I return to again and again. So, I’ve updated this blog to include a Resources page (also on the top menu) to share those links with you.
And for those of you somewhere warm – this is what snow looks like 🙂
“Hello World” are the traditional characters of a programmer’s first computer program, or a blogger’s first post. Since both meanings apply here, I will add a third significance to the phrase. I’m sitting in the conference room for the Canadian Space Society’s Annual Summit 2013, in Ottawa. I have always been interested in space travel but know so little about it. Therefore, this is the first step in my personal journey to space, a journey that I expect will lead me to a different understanding of our beautiful little world, and its place in the universe. Much more to follow.