Prioritizing the pioneering of inner peace versus off-planet populating

With the recent UFO disclosure and all the hype about billionaires traveling to space and wanting to commercialize it so others can too — along with the eventual goal of inhabiting other planets — I think it’s important not to get too distracted by these bright (sometimes unidentified and flying) shiny objects.

On the one hand, the new space flights can seem very exciting and a celebration of technological marvel. On the other hand, they seem like an extraordinary misuse of ingenuity, ego and wealth when there are a multitude of problems that the average human and our society as a whole are struggling with right here on Earth.

I love the idea of space travel, but only in the Star Trek sense: when the mission is to be exposed to different understandings and examples of the myriad ways life can manifest and how we might learn from each other, evolve and coexist harmoniously — or defend ourselves when necessary. But think about it: If we can’t get along together on this Third Rock from our Sun, how the heck are we supposed to interact with extraterrestrials and intergalactic beings??

And then the other day I happened to catch the end of a South Park episode. I’m assuming due to the zeitgeist, the rerun I caught included a storyline about outcasts and fed-up humans flocking to SpaceX so they could escape the misery of their existence here on Earth and go live on Mars.

But as with any form of escape, the reality is that there is no escape outside of yourself. ’Cause guess what? Wherever you go, there you are.

Which brings me back to a point I am constantly making here: the microcosm reflects the macrocosm and vice versa. The values of American culture and its influence around the world have been increasingly dominated by consumerism and by putting authority, power and trust in something outside of ourselves that doesn’t always have our best interests at heart.

As society — and particularly the wealthy and powerful — continues to conquer much of that external world and become saturated, satiated and subsumed with “stuff” and technology, the gaze goes outward, looking for the next horizon and domain to colonize. (And note that “stuff” and technology have largely replaced the function and mores of the religions of old and can equally dis-empower the masses when not used carefully and consciously and/or when used as a control mechanism. But I digress …) At this particular time in our history, that outward-looking gaze is apparently off-planet.

But the real unexplored territory and final frontier is within.

If we spent as much time, energy and resources on our inner space as we did on outer space, we would organically and naturally solve our world’s problems right here and now. And we don’t need to be billionaires to do it. Nor do we need a spacecraft from Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk or Richard Branson to have far-out, mind-blowing and perception-altering experiences like the overview effect to recognize our oneness, interconnection and fragility — and the compassion and caring that should emerge as a result.

Can’t become an astronaut in the physical world? Become the Neil Armstrong of your emotional landscape and I promise there is much to discover (and some moon dust to be kicked up and cleaned out!). Once we get a better grip on and understanding of our lunar vibes, we will then have a better foundation to explore other realms both within and without. (Remember that the moon’s gravitational pull influences our tidal movement and moods, being that the Earth and humans are made up mostly of water...)

Our own exploration then evolves authentically and peacefully from there with how we express ourselves in work and life, and through our interactions with family, neighborhood, states, countries — and eventually with other planets — but only when we are mature enough (which has little to do with age!) and our innate technology is developed enough to do so without rocket fuel.

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