Daily post: Simply the best of what?

NASA is building a new Voyager spacecraft that will carry the best of modern human culture. What belongs onboard?

What are we trying to do here, distribute largesse to the indigenous terrestrial pagans? Give them the modern equivalent of pretty beads to show how generous we are while we destroy their way of life? Or are we spending squillions blowing holes in the stratosphere to float around space in a showroom of ‘culture’, patting ourselves on the back while thousands die of starvation?

And dare I suggest – the best of whose culture? Yours? Mine? Afghanistan’s? Sierra Leone’s?

If this were for real, I’d have to ask, have we learned nothing?


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12 Responses to Daily post: Simply the best of what?

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  3. geanieroake says:

    Is there such a thing as a world culture? Maybe we need one.

    • Exactly! But could we agree on anything for long enough to create one?

      • geanieroake says:

        Heavens no. It would have to be based on things that are inherient to any society. Things that cross cultural boundaries like . . . love of freedom, parents love for children, love of art and music. There are some general things we all have in common. If you get too specific though, like what kind of art and music, your sunk.

      • geanieroake says:

        I guess if you send people, they would bring their feelings with them. Be careful who you send. If we are just sending things . . . we could send books, but love and freedom etc. I don’t have an answer to that one.

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