Cosmic life raft

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/03/space-travel-wont-save-you-from-capitalism/518853/#article-comments

“Outer space was once the domain of myth and metaphors; the sun’s stern circuit around the sky told the stories of living and dying gods, the stars were immortalized heroes. These myths changed, as they always do: In the science-fiction mythology our galaxy would be a great adventure; we’d go out in search of green-skinned alien babes or make war against angry humanoids with weird foreheads. That’s gone now. Human beings look up at the night sky, through all its senseless intricacies, and don’t see anything else looking back. Instead, the entire infinite universe has become nothing more than a life raft…

“… we’ve exhausted ourselves of futures, reduced ourselves to scrabbling around in the graveyards of history, suffocating and alone; if we want anything really new to ever happen again, (we tell ourselves) we have to get away from this Earth.”

From an article by  Sam Kriss, a UK-based writer who writes really interesting stuff.

See:

The Multiverse Idea Is Rotting Culture

“What looks at first glance like an opening up of possibilities is actually an attack on the human imagination.”

“What’s more likely: a potentially infinite number of useless parallel universes, or one perfectly ordinary God?”

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/08/the-multiverse-as-imagination-killer/497417/

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