Is Space Travel to the Planet Mars too Dangerous?
How do you define "too dangerous"? Driving a race car, hang gliding, rock climbing, tight rope walking, sky diving. Are not all of these tasks considered too dangerous by most people? It simply depends on your perspective. Ask me if driving a race car around a track at two hundred miles per hour is too dangerous and you'll get a definite yes. Ask Jeff Gordon or Dale Earnhardt Jr. the same question and you'll get a different response.
Everything we do is based on a risk/reward ratio. In other words, is the reward great enough to be worth the risk. Whether it's fame, fortune or some other benefit it seems there is always someone who will take the risk to receive the reward.
Ask a thousand people to sky dive and some will. A certain percentage of these people will find the thrill to be enough reward to accept the challenge. Ask the same people to sky dive without a parachute and you'll have few takers. Why? Because the reward is not worth the risk.
Ask a world full of people if they want to go to Mars and some will say yes. They feel the reward is worth it. For them, that reward may be fame, fortune, an exciting adventure or maybe just being the ones to push the limits of humankind's achievements. Whatever their motivation, the possible gains outweigh the possible problems.
The point I'm trying to make is this. Take any given job and it is only too dangerous if you cannot find a competent person to fill the position. And the job of going to Mars should get less and less dangerous as technology progresses. For example, what percentage of people thought aircraft travel was too dangerous eighty years ago? What would that percentage be today.
I believe in God, but that doesn't mean I think we should plant ourselves on our posteriors and wait for His second coming. I feel we should work toward the general progress of humanity. As our world population increases we need to push forward our boundaries. For now, earth is all we have but in the future, technology should bring other options within reach.
If we had let the phrase "too dangerous" hold us back where would our world be now. No aircraft or air travel, no major surgeries, no moon landing with all the related technological breakthroughs that were necessary to achieve it. Just think what we would be living without. Is this the world we want? No. It is only by realizing that some important activities are difficult and dangerous and having the courage to do them anyway that truly shows the indomitable spirit of humanity and brings us into a brighter, more fulfilling future.
To quote what an old wise man once told me: "Work as if everything depended on you and pray as if everything depended on God." I believe this to be sound advise when completing any difficult task whether it's coping with our daily lives or going to Mars.