Subject: Dumb Wannabe Colonists
From: GroundHog <Standing@Sea.Level>
Lots of crock on this newsgroups from wannabe space colonists about
how mankind in general, and Americans in particular, must go out into
space and multiply.
Dumbasses. I have been around the world, and your average American is
anything but a pioneer. The US citizen in a third world country:
complains about the food; drinks only bottled water; can't stand the
weather; won't learn the local languages; can't stand the locals;
despises anything not blessed by the touch of mom'n'apple pie;pines
away if he can't follow Oprah or the Superbowl on satellite TV.
The pioneering type ?!!!
Forgawssakes, what do you imagine life on a space colony to be like,
Star Trek? With holodecks, huge open spaces, pleasantly designed
decors? Get a brain. The first few generations in space will live a
hard, dangerous, confined life under conditions that will make
Alcatraz seem like a spa resort. Big, rolling hills in O'Neill
cylinders? Don't get fooled by the ads. They will come, but the first
couple of space-borne generations will have to build 'em.
What kind of American, or indeed Westerner, would give up a life on
humdrum ol' Earth to live the rest of his life in cramped, uncertain,
unpleasant conditions ?
'Cos believe you me, the romance of pioneering in space will wear off
real quick once the public realises there are no holodecks, or green
bountiful parks in moon domes, or exciting battles with fierce alien
invaders, just 10 cubic meters of cramped quarters, recycling your own
urine, living in your own sweat, facing the dangers of decompression
daily, seeing the same goddamn faces every day,knowing that down below
on Earth people are laughing, and loving, breathing fresh air and
running in spring sunshine,meeting people and living life.
Who would want to colonise space under such conditions?
That's right: the people we all love to hate and despise:
The poor from the Third World.
Sure you don't see them in Star Trek. Sure the crew of the Enterprise
is white, male and of American origin. (Noticed how every time the
Enterprise goes back in time, it goes back to the American past?)
But WASPs are not the people who risk their lives on shaky home-made
rafts on the open sea in search of a better life. They are not the
ones who leave their homelands in search of opportunity. They have not
known civil war, or hunger or hardship. They are not the ones with
nothing to lose.
Cubans. Haitians. Somali's. Phillipino's. Timorese.
They are the immigrants of the 21st century. They are the ones fleeing
persecution and poverty, seeking a better life. They have far more in
common with the passengers on the Mayflower than the overfed,
overweight, self-satisfied, self-righteous, tax-paying, groundhogs
sitting behind their computers and filling the Net with wannabe
hogwash, boasting about their ancestor's deeds and imagining
themselves to be their spiritual heirs.
And no claptrap about "Yeah, but Cubans can't build spaceships, only
shaky old rafts". Colonists don't build ships. They colonise. Or die
trying. And when launchers have been privatised, when the American
public in 2030 has tired of the short-lived space-colonisation fad,
and turned to watch Star Trek reruns, who will be the ones who scrape
up their life's savings, sell off a son or daughter to pimps, and
travel in dangerous, untrustworthy rockets to face an uncertain future
in the moon colonies (while American taxpayers whine about all these
foreign immigrant types living in colonies paid for by THEIR money,
and isn't it time they did something about it, bla bla bla ..)
The ones with nothing to lose.
And that means NOT you.