DAILY PROMPT: SIMPLY THE BEST
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?