Is the human race doomed or will we work together and reach the stars.?
You’ve set up a false dichotomy. The human race has seldom to ever achieved anything when all of all humanity needed to be on the same page. Actually, I can think of nothing were the totality of humanity was on the same side of an issue. The really question is: can we channel our aggressive nature into pursuits that achieve results good for the totality of the human race? So far the only political system I’ve seen that channels the naked aggressive tendencies of the human race is some form of capitalism. It’s ugly in that it allows aggression to flourish, but unlike the regimes of a collectivist nature it sets the rules of how aggression can be used and to what degree, instead of pretending that aggression does not exist. By allowing a little aggression, but restricting naked aggression, capitalism allows the drive to be better than other individuals to flourish while stopping true violence. The human race most likely will reach the stars when there is something to be gained by an indi
A personal view inspired by your question:- Reaching for the stars may be an impossible dream for mankind. Consider the energy and cost required to simply put a man into orbit, or on the Moon, yet the nearest star is more than 100 million times further than the Moon and most likely will not have an Earth-like planet capable of supporting live of any kind. The nearest possibly inhabitable planet (aliens permitting) could be thousands of times further still. To journey such vast distances in this or any other millennium would require travelling close to the speed of light. The only possible engine power capable of getting any where near a reasonable fraction the speed of light would be nuclear fusion drive (not yet invented); you can forget antimatter drive, and warp drive, these will remain the stuff of science fiction. Such a spacecraft would need a mass of several million tonnes merely to carry its suspended animated passengers on a one way trip to an unknown destination somewhere in