Yesterday, a great step for humanity: Elon Musk has sent out in space, well… not the 1977 Golden Record with humanity’s Best Of, that was just ol’ Carl Sagan’s outdated nostalgia condensed on small metal plaques. No, this is a brand-new cherry-red Tesla Car (well, only the best, what else would you expect?) with a SpaceX suit worn by a dummy “driving” it… oh, and its speakers blasting David Bowie’s Space Oddity (how I wish he just named it Earth Oddity.)
“For hundreds of millions of years,” according to proud EM (Elon Musk for conformity).
There is this “heartwarming” (the adjective is not mine) message on the Tesla’s circuit board, “Made on Earth by Humans.”
Oh, the modestly… and, Long Live the Great EM!
But if you sit and think straight, who on Universe would stoop down to read the message on the car’s circuit board, in terrestrial English?? Aha, perhaps those aliens who have had already knowledge of terrestrial languages from Carl Sagan’s time capsule in one of the Voyagers. They’ve had plenty of time to read, listen to and learn them since ’77 (seriously EM, don’t you fear that, if they do, they’d just have the same reaction we all have when we get to hit another piece of garbage while bathing in the pristine waters of a Pacific island)?
Forty years since Sagan’s Golden Record – the same amount of time we had here on Earth. To be striving at the Progress and Advancement of Science. See how far we have come?
Concerns such as endemic poverty now afflicting even western countries, climate change, mal-adjustment to the all-intrusive, all-invasive technologies in our lives, poisonous foods and medication – medicine is advancing with huge steps in inventing machines that would name our diseases, but would let us die for lack of means to pay for those machines’ work. Because shortly, very shortly, we are going to lose those hated jobs that enabled us to pile up three monthly wages and pay for a 24-hour stay in a clinic for a CT – MRI investigation.
Science has betrayed us since a long while – it smeared itself with digital-technological pomades and it stopped serving us, the rest of humanity, you and me, US – the ones that EM is claiming to have contributed to his flint.
No, EM, I don’t feel “heartwarmed” by the little note you scribbled on the car you have sent in space. Your claim that I’ve contributed to it in any way isn’t flattering me, it is insulting me.
I am writing this to express how I feel duped by Science and its rational, “scientific method”. It has long diverted from its noble scope of serving human knowledge by serving just technology. It became not just heartless, but brainless, too. By constantly chasing promotional feats it is appealing to people’s emotions, not to people’s rationality. It’s all ethos and pathos with not even a trace of Logos.
The same way that the “made by humanity” message is just a hypocrite addition meant not to inform those aliens, our co-universals, but just to make our techno-addicts even more duped by the “good intentions” behind EM’s enterprise, I see hypocrisy in all the claims of science that it is objective and rational. Actually, I don’t see objectivity in its servitude to Big Money and Big Companies. I don’t see rationality in its participation to the endangering of life on this planet, human life included; all I see is greed, hypocrisy and shamelessness.
Science has long lost the meaning from its initial reason of being, “scientia” – to Know; science is just a prostitute selling itself to the bigger money.
No thanks EM, I don’t want you to send anything to space in my name – btw, who on earth entitles you to think that space is also yours to send whatever piece of garbage you consider suitable to advance your profits?
I am powerlessly watching terrestrian Ego, how it’s been bit and infected with the Profit and Power Virus, and there is no Pasteur around knowledgeable enough to create a vaccine. All this is also happening in my name.