Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson on the defunding of NASA.
I love Neil deGrasse Tyson and I love space, but this is kinda bullshit. We are capable of dreaming on earth. And yes, we are capable of redistributing the budget, primarily defense, but you know what would be even better than living on the goddamn moon?
Trying - legitimately trying - to live on earth. To stop destroying this planet, to actually feed people, to redistribute wealth in a way that makes sense.
I don’t dream about life on Mars, because we can’t even sustain life on this planet. We’re wiping out species left and right, and treating our own species like shit. We have laid waste to island and desert areas of the world and created deserts where there were forests. We have entire pods of whales turning up dead on our beaches when we’re not trapping and killing them; we have our best pollinators dying in the millions because we’ve bred plants specifically to throw poisons on and not taste as good as the originals.
So no, I don’t think that it takes people on other planets to make us dream. I think we SHOULD be dreaming already. I think we COULD be redistributing budgetary money so that this world could be what it was meant to be. But I am NOT going to dream about us building the City of Tomorrow when that city will be a biodome for the rich and healthy and our own planet is a wasteland.