In the first democratic debate, Hillary Clinton said she was “a progressive who likes to get things done.” Let’s hope they will be less plutocratic than the “things” done by her husband. Meanwhile the question came up from others that going to Mars, or similar colossal techno-scientific progress had no humanitarian value. Before a more organized rebuttal, here goes my poetical opinion:
Science, Mars, Or Moral Bust
Many are the passions
Many are the tragedies
Against tragedies goodness,
All too often contend in vain.
Lest emotions move men and fate
Out of complacency, indifference,
Careers, self-admiring seriousness,
And obey the call of love for mind, sentience..
Yet, even when passions move us,
Towards the noblest goals, with the best intentions
All too often we find there is nothing
We can do at all, against pain and suffering:
When our magic, our science, come short..
To feel right and think right,
Does not mean we can do right.
For enabling goodness we need the powers,
The very powers which feed from,
By, and with, the Dark Side.
Power itself is dark.
Yet noble, and fundamentally us.
So yes, by any means,
Go to Mars.
It will nurture new emotions,
Wealth of transcendent emotions,
Not just lofty and intricate thoughts,
We have always gone to Mars,
Ever since we left leafy trees.
We will stop,
Only when our fundamental lust,
What defines us,
Dies with us.