We’ve tweeted articles about the new generation of telescopes coming online in the near future. Now that we have found planets orbiting our galactic neighbours, and even beyond our galaxy, what could the next great telescope discovery be? According to thisExtremetecharticle, NASA predicts it’s Life.
Life. Not necessarily intelligent, sentient life, or any kind as we know it, but the verification of even any kind of microbial life is proof we are not “alone” in the universe.
Drake’s equation is a means for guesstimating a number of civilizations that could be out there, but the fact of the matter is that if we have evidence of even ONE extra-terrestrial form of life, it means a philosophical paradigm shift bigger than realizing the Earth orbits the moon, and not the other way around.
In fact, one must understand the universe may be full of living organisms, in varieties we cannot even imagine, both in the distant past that we can only now see with the most powerful technology, and the future that will come eons after us.
The alternative belief, that our fragile planet is the only source there was or ever will be, is simply historical.
It’s 2014 and against all odds, in a true underdog story, Apple, Inc. has celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Mac and is the biggest company in the world by a couple of metrics.
Apple had their annual shareholder meeting, and here‘s what AppleInsider had to say about the company’s reporting on social obligations:
Apple’s aim in environmental issues is to “leave the world better than we found it,” [CEO Tim] Cook said, detailing plans to achieve 100 percent renewable power across the company, including the construction of the largest solar installation built and owned by a private, non utility company.
Cook said Apple’s environmental efforts also made economic sense, but when challenged by conservative shareholder activism group to pledge that Apple wouldn’t do anything related to the environment that didn’t follow a clear profit motive, Cook bristled with a reply that “we do a lot of things for reasons besides profit motive,” and recommended that anyone who had a problem with that “should get out of the stock.”
The rest of the top companies in the world could learn a lot from these simple principles.
We say “Our mission is to present stories at the intersection of human spirit, culture and technology.”
Why is that?
We all come from different cultures, and many of us live in different ones than we were raised in. However, if humans as a species are to have any future of significance, it lies in working together and rising above our preconceptions and biases for the greater good.
Damage has already been done. Living on Earth is no longer predictable with reliance on finite resources to feed our current lifestyles and unpredictable global climate changes.
Even if humankind were to resolve fossil fuel issues and rely on wind, solar and other sustainable power resources to come, we still face colony collapse disorders and rogue asteroids from space. Billions of years from now, our sun will turn into a red giant and make Earth uninhabitable.
Our pale blue dot in space, despite what we think from living on it, is extraordinarily fragile. So we now turn to the rest of the solar system.
We come from stardust, billions of years ago, and one day we will return to the stars. And human spirit will drive us there, because above all else, we want to survive.
The stories we tell will be the ones that join these elements as we explore making our future.