We had some friends over for dinner the other night. As usual, things evolved into intense discussions about life. One of the friends is a woman from my Beloved Conversations class. The topic drifted to the state of the world and my daughter, who is 14, brought up that kids her age don’t feel like there is much hope for their survival. I told them the poop story and said that we must never lose hope. In the late 1800s, they thought that horse poop would take over the cities. But then cars came along and suddenly, there was no more poop problem.
I came across this article by CNN this morning. I was pleased to see a positive article about the potential for mankind. That is somewhat rare. The article is about NASA’s 10 week study back in the 70s to develop a plan for living in outer space. They had high hopes back then. They spent a lot of money on this. Gerard O’Neill, the man who spearheaded this project, died in 1992 a disappointed man. Originally, they thought for sure we’d have this down by the mid-1990s. Sadly, we haven’t made it that far. 40 years later, we are only just learning how to grow lettuce in outer space.
I loved how this article reminded us of the fresh vision we had back in the 70s for deep space living. Sure, we have fallen a bit short of our expectations. But we are a powerful lot with powerful minds and I think that we should focus more on things like this than on giving up hope in our survival. I am not suggesting that we bury our heads in the sand. Clearly, we need to do as much as we can to help our fellow species survive. But, I think we can also consider that there will be a way to get through this without the entire demise of planet Earth.
What do you think? What do your young people say about this?