I’ve made no secret of my feelings about millionaires and billionaires who hoard their wealth rather than using it to help people in need. I’ve also made no secret of my feelings about space travel in this, the 21st century, but in case you missed it, I think it is a complete and total waste of resources. Combine the two, and you have a very pissed off Filosofa! Every night, thousands of children around the world go to bed hungry. Every day, people are dying of diseases that could have been prevented, if only they had access to affordable healthcare. People are living in their cars, under overpasses on highways. Some people are working 2-3 jobs just to ensure their children have enough to eat. And this nation spends millions, billions to play Buzz Lightyear. NASA’s budget for 2021 is $23.3 billion! Imagine how many people could eat for a month for that amount of money.
I am equally galled, perhaps even more so, by private citizens playing Star Wars with their billions, rather than using their good fortune to help those less fortunate. And yes, folks, it is simply good fortune. No, hard work did not earn those billionaires their billions … most of them were born with silver spoons in their mouths, played their cards right and invested wisely, and now they … literally … own the damn world! And even if they had slaved in the fields from sunup to sundown to earn their wealth, it is unconscionable to throw it away on ego trips when people ‘round the globe are starving.
I am referring, of course specifically to three people — Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, Richard Branson, an uber-wealthy businessman, and Elon Musk, founder of Tesla … three men whose combined wealth could raise the entire planet out of poverty and who have made their wealth from the blood, sweat and tears of the average Joe! But rather than use their wealth for such things as helping improve the environment, helping people out of poverty, helping provide medical care in this era of the pandemic, they prefer to build toys and play with them. What is accomplished by their trip to space? Not. One. Damned. Thing.
Turns out, I am not alone in my disgust, as several others have similar complaints.
I also saw at least one comment claiming that these men were doing ‘great’ things and opening new frontiers for the human race. Excuse me, folks, but humans will never life on other planets or in outer space. Oh sure, they may waste billions more dollars developing controlled-environments in small spaces, but that’s not living. No other planet besides Earth has the resources … little things like breathable air, potable water, arable soil … to support life as we know it, so all the space exploration is NOT going to provide us a second option when we complete the destruction of Planet Earth! It is a waste of time, energy, and money … resources that could be used to end hunger, eradicate most diseases, and help repair the damage we have so selfishly done to our environment. Damn Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk. These are NOT good men, you will never see them on one of my ‘good people’ posts!