The Deep Blue
The oceans comprise of more than 70% of our planet’s surface and yet we know more about distant stars and planets than we know about our own oceans. The last manned exploration mission of the deepest point in the ocean happened in the 1960’s. That is deeply disappointing considering the possibilities the depths of the ocean hold undiscovered.
You only learn about something by interacting with it in a meaningful manner. Our interactions with the oceans have been superficial and exploitative. But there is no reason why it needs to be this way. We have far greater technological knowhow and means at our disposal to explore our oceans in a more meaningful manner and learn from our endeavors.
Given how much of our planet’s surface is covered in salt water, it stands to reason that once we learn more about the oceans, we can being creating permanent settlements both on and under the water. This will allow us to better use our resources and put our idle resources to better use while reducing pressure on our existing economic and social infrastructure.
“With a partnership that includes 15 nations and with 68 nations currently using the ISS (International Space Station) in one way or another, this unique orbiting laboratory is a clear demonstration of the benefits to humankind that can be achieved through peaceful global cooperation.”
— Charles Bolden & John Holdren
“In the history of humanity, there have been many languages, including French, that have served as universal languages: Latin, Chinese, Arabic, and more. Yet none of them ever ruled the world the way English does today…
English is becoming a universal language such as humans have never had before.”
— Minae Mizumura
“When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for; and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, ‘See! This our father did for us.’”
— John Ruskin
“And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came.”
— John F. Kennedy