The end of the world is coming. We all know it. We’ve always known it.
Among the many possible doomsday scenarios that face us, there is at least one inevitability: In roughly 4.5 billion years, the sun will be a red giant. And about another billion or so years after that, it will explode.
The Earth won’t survive. There’s no chance.
Are we just going to sit here and await our doom?
As we recently determined, the #1 mission of humanity is to find a way off this doomed rock, and find a way to colonize a new home. The fate of every living species of plant and animal depends on us. We can’t let them down!
There are some popular yet absurd theories out there that our lives have no meaning, and that the planet would be better off without us. We mustn’t let things like this distract us from our mission. We must solve this dilemma. The dolphins and cephalopods seem very intelligent, but they are not even working on this problem, at all. Dolphins like to swim around and play. Cephalopods do all kinds of crazy stuff. But none of that is going to get us going faster than the speed of light.
What’s the rush?
You might be thinking: ‘4 billion years is a long time. We can just kick back and live our lives watching Netflix and sending text messages, and let the people of the future figure it out. Or they robots! They will have skin in this game as well, and are going to be way smarter than us!’
You’re wrong to think this. Don’t be lulled into complacency! And you certainly can’t count on the robots. There’s no way we can be sure they will keep us around for very long. And there may be no reason they need to bring us along with them, unless they need our energy to power their ships. And then what?
Our timeline is much shorter.
In roughly 1 Billion years, the sun will be giving off 10% more energy. Whether life on Earth can withstand an increase this drastic is doubtful. Especially when you consider it alongside Global Warming, you have to expect that the seas will rise at least 3-6 feet by then, demolishing most major cities. The compounding impact of this is something we can only guess at.
Remember, what seems like destructive behavior right now is part of progress, and progress is our only hope. There may be bumps along the road. We may lose a few species, here and there. We may fill the seas with plastic. We may create inventions like facebook and text messaging and the automobile that make our lives pointless and miserable for a while. But these blips of insanity are our only hope. They are the baby steps that will get us through space. We must keep pushing forward. We cannot stop. Or we will all soon die horribly!