We are going to colonize Mars. I have little doubt in my mind that not only will be colonize Mars; we will colonize the galaxy and beyond.
I don’t want to talk about Elon Musk and his plan to send millions to Mars, although that is the inspiration for this article. What I would like to write about are the questions I think we should be asking ourselves with the assumption that we will eventually become a multi-planetary species.
- When the first 10 or 50 or 100 or 500 people arrive, who is in charge? Is anyone in charge? How are we as a planet going to vote on who should be the leader of the first group of settlers on Mars?
- What will the governing structure of Mars be? Will it be a completely independent planet from Earth?
- Who will decide what the governing structure of Mars is? Will every country get a say? Will the UN decide? Will the vote be up to the first settlers?
- Will Martians use a different currency than any other Earth country?
- How are we going to prevent inter-planetary wars? Are they inevitable?
- How are we going to make sure we don’t treat Mars the same way we treat our beautiful yet abused Earth?
- How will we make sure to remember in thousands and millions of years, long after we colonize Mars and maybe even the Milky Way, that while we individually may seem different on the surface, we will forever share the same spirit?
Please share your thoughts on whether you think we will eventually colonize Mars and the Universe. Why or why not? What other questions need to be addressed with the assumption we become a multi-planetary species?