Bezos & The Space: A pionneer Or An Exploiter?

Lucien Cavelier:

Since always, I am spectating/watching this frenzy around space exploration/space conquest, with both fascination and disgust.

Fascination, because the curiosity is part of my being, as human nature, expressed by a strong desire to know and to get acquainted with, mobilising energy which guides each one of us, in more or less areas useful for general interest. Because I cannot deny this quest of the knowledge which has led humanity to the present point, for the best or the worst and which also dwells within me.

Yet, I look at this permanent quest for elsewhere with disgust, because I see in it an eternal recommencement, a cycle so inherent in the human who only very well knows how to defile immaculate places.

With disgust, I watch these billionaires seizing this adventure and donning the costume of the man of the future, an appalling representative of our humanity.

With disgust, I see that our planet is in a piteous state and that we are aiming for a different place which for a moment is nothingness.

I look at this absurd human with exhaustion, sawing the branch on which he sits while marvelling at a beautiful starry sky billions of years old.

In fact, my friend Lucien Cavalier poses a substantive question: is it necessary to look upon the newer horizons or rather begin by cleaning our own homes?

I’ll respond by a fex questions and remarks: Has Mr. Bezos[1]Kisses in Spanish, if we replace ‘z’ with a ‘s’😊 become rich by magic or because a part of this humanity buys his services? Subsequently, if we ever find ourselves in face with a monopoly in online commerce, to whom are we to complain about: Bezos or ourselves? Finally, the last question: isn’t it convenient to use the name of this business man, to create the buzz?

Now, two remarks: when I buy a product online, such as Media Markt, I get it delivered by the delivery service of the (chain of) store(s). I therefore avoid, at least I hope so, strengthening the US oligopolist.

Then, it seems to me that genuine pioneers of space were Neil Armstrong and Edwin Buzz Aldrin, without forgetting the pilot of the spaceship, Michael Collins, within the team of NASA’s Apollo 11 program. Neil, despite numerous proposals, I think, had always refused to use his trip to the moon commercially (Source: BBC World Service). Then, Buzz after this incredible odyssey of risks, had certainly carried his name well.

Finally, in the face of the new space market, to begin with mass tourism, can we blame a business man for testing the said market?

Conclusions: It is business as usual and a market exists only because of its clients. It is up to them to determine what social, environmental and even philosophical framework they wish to bring to this market. To clients, too, the right and the duty to express their wishes via their ballots.

(Cover Photo: end of lunar eclipse, B. de Foucauld, 27 July 2018, 11:10 pm)

Translation: Vidhi Taparia, BdF.

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