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2113: When Do We Go Too Far?
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2075: The Stars Get A Little Closer 2012-09-08
2113: When Do We Go Too Far? 2012-09-09
2120: Give These People Air 2012-09-12
2125: A Dark Day 2012-09-13
2140: A Ship in Every Garage 2012-09-14
2157: Blue Skies on Mars 2012-09-15
2214: The March of Progress 2012-09-16
2232: The First Push 2012-09-17
2262: The Neso Triangle 2012-09-18
2271: One Small Jump for Man 2012-09-19
2380: Together We Rise 2012-09-20
2438: Hello 2012-09-21
2460: Breathe Free 2012-09-22
2516: A Better Earth 2012-09-23
2523: The Three Pillars 2012-09-20
2530: The Galaxy Gets Bigger 2012-09-25
2541: Awfully Crowded in My Sky 2012-09-26
2546: A Leader Rises 2012-09-27
2610: Tears of Fire 2012-09-28
2638: A Call for Sovereignty 2012-09-29
2681: Scorched Earth 2012-09-30
2758: Not in Nottingham 2012-10-01
2789: A Cold War Thaws 2012-10-02
2792: The Tide Rises 2012-10-03
2795: A Kinder, Gentler Human 2012-10-04
2800: The Neutral Zone 2012-10-05
2872: Behold Sisyphus 2012-10-06
2920: The Money Pit 2012-10-07
2928: Campaign Promises 2012-10-08
2934: A Dreamer Dreams 2012-10-09
2942. . . 2012-10-10

<translate> Editorial from United Times Archive

Published April 21, 2113


“When Do We Go Too Far?”

by Hannigan Terrell

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock the past week, you’ve no doubt heard of RSI’s latest ‘achievement.’ So let me recap for the rock-dwellers, they claim to have designed a machine that can “process the atmosphere of a planet to convert it to a sustained oxygen environment, making it habitable for humans.” In short, they’re talking about terraforming. Yeah, that’s right, the stuff of science fiction. I know everyone’s excited about the opportunities this presents but no one seems to be taking a breath and thinking what this really means.

So once again, it’s up to me to be the voice of reason in this techno hysteria. That’s right, dear readers, I’m going to ask the question that no one is asking. You ready?

If we can terraform a planet, why should we?

I’ll give you a second. Think about that. I’ll say it again, just because we can do something, do we have to? I know the pundits over at SSNtv like to poke fun at me, make me out to be a technophobe but I’ll tell you this, I didn’t have a problem with the cloning initiatives. I didn’t even have a problem with gene-coding to minimize inherited disorders and diseases. Those things were achievements to help make lives better. What is this for? What is it in aid of? At what point are we going too far? Seriously, we’re talking about restructuring the very air of a planet. The planets we’re talking about were formed like that for a reason. Who are we to assume that the universe wants us to mold planets to benefit us? We aren’t Gods and playing around with the fundamental fabric of a planet is arrogant and dangerous.

I know this is probably going to fall on deaf ears. The world is too high, basking in our own magnificence, but I promise you: Nothing good will come of this.

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