I believe the human race, from its earliest beginnings has been growing and moving towards something greater than the individual. I believe that mankind is destined for the stars. That one day in the future, the decedents of those earliest humans will walk upon shores of far distant worlds, see those celestial objects that we’ve only seen through telescopes, if they still exist by the time humanity moves out there.
But first, before any of that happens, one thing has to occur: The Human Race has to grow the fuck up. Humanity has to take responsibility not only for its successes but also for its failures and learn from those mistakes. It needs to recognize the entire species are full of individuals who have their own thoughts and beliefs which do not have to be the “right” one and all others are wrong. That acceptance is all inclusive and not dependent upon sameness. Humans need to grow up and walk upright before they walk among the stars.
This I believe, for this simple reason:
Reporter: “After all that you’ve just gone through, I have to ask you the same question a lot of people back home are asking about space these days. Is it worth it? Should we just pull back, forget the whole thing as a bad idea, and take care of our own problems, at home?”
Sinclair: “No. We have to stay here, and there’s a simple reason why. Ask ten different scientists about the environment, population control, genetics – and you’ll get ten different answers. But there’s one thing every scientist on the planet agrees on: whether it happens in a hundred years, or a thousand years, or a million years, eventually our sun will grow cold, and go out. When that happens, it won’t just take us, it’ll take Marilyn Monroe, and Lao-tsu, Einstein, Maruputo, Buddy Holly, Aristophanes – all of this. All of this was for nothing, unless we go to the stars.”