Man has always been breaking barriers and reaching new levels of scientific achievement in it's history. Then we landed on the moon (supposedly) and all those ambitions ceased. We are stuck in a rut due to the fact that space travel just isn't profitable. Stuck in an Earthly idea, for the sake of greed. We should be concentrating on new big ideas. Terraforming and hyperspace travel should be at the forefront of these new ideas. Instead we quibble over what scarce resources we have on this planet rather than look for them on others, and nuclearize space as if we don't have enough nukes on the surface. Everything we do is completely contrary and counterproductive to the human spirit. It's a miserable sad state of affairs. It should be done and must be done, for no other reason than to have a contingency plan against an inevitable extinction level event that could threaten to wipe us all out. Man's main concern should be the continuation of man, not the accumulation of wealth and power by a few who wish to control and spread misery throughout the globe.
I should run for congress.