The January 2013 issue of National Geographic "Why We Explore" brought it home. "The fastest spaceship ever built – the Helios 2 probe, launched in 1976 ... attained a top speed of 157,000 miles per hour. At that rate, a spacecraft headed to Proxima Centauri, the nearest star, would take more than 17,000 years to make the 24-trillion-mile journey ... Some scientists ... find the prospect of eternal confinement to two [Earth and Mars] small planets in a vast galaxy just too depressing to contemplate." (Emphasis mine.)
Where is this coming from? Are we unable to appreciate the awesome beauty and diversity of Earth, still partly unexplored and largely unknown to most of us?
Don’t miss this valuable source of useful options to move beyond growth economics. Alexander's article includes a thoughtful review of current and past thinking about classical and no-growth economics, an extensive list of references, and ten challenging prompts – read these, if nothing else – for anyone and everyone concerned with the global situation and a transition to a more rational future.
I chose to read this book because I am focused on options we have for the future. I turned to his chapter on steady state economics first and found that his summary provided an excellent handle on the subject.
Here is my quick summary information from the book Our Way Out by Marq De Villiers.