“Who, my friend can scale heaven?”
—THE EPIC OF GILGAMESH
(SUMER, THIRD MILLENNIUM B.C.)
By Ahmad AlAny
December 30, 2020
It’s no secret that exploration of new places enriches anyone, children as well as adults. It increases our exposure to what is out there that we might not have known about before. We humans are blessed with the faculties of investigation and imagination, both of which have been the tools that eventually brought our tree-climbing ancestors to science and wonders allowing them to leave their dwellings to more congenial, secure and convenient dwellings. Since the beginning of time our first thinking ancestors had a duty to protect themselves and their families. Wild animals were roaming the savannas and the steppes of the planet without opposition then. Unpredictable natural disasters, pathogens, and illnesses loomed at large with no opposition. Thus, living during those times without the necessary tools was extremely difficult both physically and psychologically, nonetheless, most of our ancestors had managed to survive, and they did it out of necessity by risking it through observation and expansion to new, unknown territories, thus overriding their natural tendency to avoid risk. Instead of accepting what is and constantly hiding and looking over their shoulders, ancient humans decided to use whatever knowledge they had gathered through investigation, data collection and experience to evade disasters, cure illnesses and escape predators. That decision was vital for their survival and the rise of our civilization. As our understanding of natural phenomenon increased through science and imagination, we have begun to look with a new perspective to what lies beyond our little home, Earth.
In our current modern time, the power of our imagination and investigation have brought us to the borders of a new frontier, a new paradigm. Space. We are at the precipice of expanding beyond our own cradle. The humans have finally grown up and are ready to start sailing far and wide. And just like old times, when our first ancestors crossed oceans and continents, today, we can, thanks to reusability technology, cross great spaces between planets, land on these planets and settle them, and do it at an affordable cost. Given time and the rate at which our technological advancement is moving, we will be able to engineer new planets with both our long and short goals in mind; at long last, we will be a Little less subjected to the whims of the universe, we will build our own new homes up there in space. Until that time though we need to keep moving forward and taking risks with new technologies and settling new planets and moons. The window of opportunity is open for us to work and live in space; however, no one knows how long will this window be open. It is of utmost importance that those of us who are ready to participate in this glorious leap, take this once-in-a-life time opportunity and make a decision to go to space. Once again, this is possible because we stand on the shoulders of giants, such as a school teacher named Konstantin Tsiolkovsky who spent a great portion of his life thinking and calculating equations for space travel long before the inception of a space program , or the first cosmonauts like Yuri Gagarin who penetrated the darkness of space and the new unknown with joy and fearlessness, or Elon Musk, who, in our modern times, have finally made space travel accessible to the masses through the development of key technologies and innovative concepts such as propulsive landing and reusability of rockets, or CDR. Ronnie Nader, a visionary and a brave man who had single-handedly created a space program called EXA for an entire country. Of course, not all of us humans are able to see this opportunity as it slowly unfolds, for many people would rather stay home and try to solve the problems of our planet the old fashion way with endless talks and unfulfilled promises, they would rather not risk it, or are too intimidated by the risk.
Through expansion, our ancient predecessors came face to face with new problems and whenever they did, new solutions were found through investigation and engineering, and each time our intellect and understanding was widened and our ignorance and resource scarcity was lessened by those solutions. The problem was that the sky was the limit and hitting a limit is not a very attractive scenario at best because it implies limitations which breeds unfriendly competition. That was all started to change with scientific investigation of some individuals who started launching improved rockets to new heights, among those was Vernon Von Braun and Robert Goddard, two of the most prominent modern era pioneers in space propulsion. We could finally answer the Sumerian question that was put forth in the third millennium B.C. We humans, could finally scale heaven. The new frontier is space, and I really mean it. How else would any sane nation or a multibillion corporation invest billions upon billions of dollars, huge amounts of time and effort on developing and testing space systems if it were not. Just as you read this blog, new decisions of immense magnitude and important project are taking shape or implemented in order to give one nation or corporation a slight edge over another. The space race has really taken a new shape because some venturers have come to understand that the Earth is not the only habitat anymore and there are other opportunities elsewhere in the solar system and even beyond, beckon. This is the sure road to the elimination of scarcity because although space is not infinite, so far as we know, the resources it contains are much more than we humans need to live comfortably without the need for servitude. Some of us have been ready since childhood to leave for the planets and the stars. It’s like an unexplainable itch or a sweet but fading ancient memory of our stellar heritage, that keeps itself alive. At the present time the space is open only to mega corporations, governments and the military complex, thus making it extremely difficult or even imposible for those of us who yearn to live and work in space. At QAS we are dedicated to offering a safe environment for and an opportunity to all those who believe that they belong to space, that’s why we have created a Community dedicated to pursuing its right to go back to space: The Breakaway Civilization. And just as the swarming process happens in a beehive when the individuals in the beehive exceed the resources that this supernatural organism can provide to its population, so do we in this separatist colony (TBC) feel that the only option for the human species to prevail is to create a swarm that pursues the goal of expanding and finding its foothold outside the planet. “We choose to leave the Hive and become the Swarm”. One morning in the year 1623, the Parisians were surprised by some mysterious posters in the streets of Paris, those posters were actually the Rosicrucian manifests, calling the chosen to belong to that venerable organization, likewise, if this call has arrived to you, consider it a fact of destiny. Do not miss this rare opportunity, apply to have the honor of belonging to this brotherhood of space. The question is that what had happened to those ancestors who decided not climb down the trees, not to travel too far from home and to accept the unpredictable nature? Were they strong enough to face devastating hurricanes, wild fires, hungry predators, epidemics, water and food shortages? From What we know all modern humans decend from those ancestors who did climb down those trees and started on their exciting and magical journey throughout the ages. We too should follow in the footsteps of our wise ancestors and keep on improving, we owe it not only to ourselves but also to future generations whose existance and happiness largely depend on us. Join us today.
“Travel is broadening. It's time to hit the road again.”
― Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space.