The Internet is great, really. You truly can find anything you want. And so I have made a decision. I’m going to take a few weeks off and learn how to build a star ship. I already saw there is a YouTube tutorial on the subject so it shouldn’t be too hard to do. After all, if you can find explanations and materials to build a bomb, how hard can it be to create a space ship. Gathering the materials might take a while, but that’s ok. I have time… I hope.
My star ship doesn’t have to be beautiful. I don’t care about the aesthetics. It needs to be practical. Large enough to give comfortable living space to a small group of people and a large amount of animals. Place to grow vegetables under artificial lights and storage for conserved food for generations to go. Entertainment areas for recreation and schooling. Medical facilities of course. Not only for the sick but mostly also for deliverance of babies, because I anticipate several generations will be born on board of my ship. Once all is finished and I have collected a couple of hundred people and all the animals I can find, I’ll take off. The people who want to join me need to be volunteers of course. Knowing that the journey we’ll take is a one-way trip. Knowing how to fly isn’t really an issue either. I’ll simply program an automatic course that will bring us to some planets where we already know fresh water can be found. After that, the goal is simply to leave. To leave this planet we have called home for so long and embark on a journey to another place. To just go where the ship will take us. Float through the emptiness and darkness of space. Until we will find some distant star, bright and shining, with a planet circling it that will have all the conditions to start a new life. I don’t know where and I am aware I might never see it myself. In fact, I’m pretty sure of that, as this planned voyage will probably take some 100 years or more. But that’s ok. Everything is better than staying here.
Aboard there will be some kind of system, of course. I don’t know what yet. Haven’t really given it any thought but I still have some time to figure that out. I do know it will be a democracy, as I still believe in that. I’m also pretty sure there won’t be place for any religion, as I have stopped believing in that. The only belief allowed will be the believe that we will succeed in finding that utopia that is out there, waiting for us to arrive and offering us, colonists, a new start.
An unrealistic dream? Yes maybe. But if you think about it, not such a stupid idea. We know the universe is vast and therefor the chance to find habitable planets possible. All we need to do is prepare ourselves good and be very patient. And that thing, being patient, is not something we can do any more on Earth. Because recent events have showed that no matter who you are, where you are and what you do, you’re life is no longer guaranteed. We were all born with the right to live. But no one has the authority to take that right to live away from others. Not with a gun. Not with a bomb. And not with a truck crashing into an innocent crowd. By now I am convinced we have gone too far. Hatred has spread too wide. There are no solutions and there isn’t much hope for salvation. Except starting over. And then maybe, just maybe, we can do better. –BM-
Cover photography by Gert Kist.
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