Question 7: A group is being recruited for an interstellar voyage to a distant plant that inhabits the first known extraterrestrial life. You cannot return to Earth for one century, but you will only age a few years during your trip. Would you volunteer? If not, what might change your mind?
Due Date: Friday, February 21
An adventure into space to interact with extraterrestrial life…
What would make an experience in space worth leaving behind my life on Earth?
Dianne and Ashley said it best: a question like this raises more questions than answers. It also reminds me of a recent conversation with a good friend of mine about needs. When we need something, our freedom is limited. When we need something, the thought of not having it may scare and hurt us. However, I don’t believe attachment is prison. You can leave, even if it tears you apart.
Eden Ahbez once said: “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.” From my experience, most of our pain comes from misguided — or lack of — love. We go to great lengths for companionship, and I think that if I hadn’t found it, I would extend my horizons into space – especially if these extraterrestrials were sentient (possibly in their own sense).
I think the greatest motivators in life are 1) curiosity, 2) mastery, and 3) love.
For me, I choose love over the first two.
What would change my mind? If I could bring My Need with me.
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