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The colonization of Mars vs. solving the problems at home

I am a space advocate and sci fi junkie. I look at the night sky like a teenage boy peeks at Playboy. The curiosity and wonder within me burns as red as that elusive rocky world next door.... And now, in this glorious age of technology, the dreams of Kim Stanley Robinson and geeks world round is finally becomming a reality. The colonization of Mars is just around the corner, and although many are thrilled, some are hesitant and even sour about the prospect. An argument aganist a human-occupied Mars is based on the belief that Earth has far too many problems, that are far more urgent and necessary to address, then the satisfication of curious scientists and hopeful investors. So, what do you think? Shall humanity step beyond our watery world and onto a rusty alien desert, or should we focus our efforts on Earth and find solutions to our dire issues before considering such a endeavor?

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    Aug 1 2013: Firstly, in my opinion, people should start by looking within and changing themselves. When they improve themselves, the world must improve. Once the issues of our Earth are solved (and some of them are hardly likely to be solved, like the ozone issue) shall we start looking outside of our planet.
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      Aug 5 2013: But why will they change themselves? What will be the spark that motivates them to do so? Noting is being done different, nothing seems to change fundamentally... only the details. The issues will not solve themselves. We must act. And who will be the first the step up?

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